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Comparative Literature, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #368 (QS) ,
The Comparative Literature programme offered by University of Kent  offers an excellent environment for the postgraduate study of literature beyond national and linguistic borders.

About

The Comparative Literature programme offered by University of Kent enables you to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research on a topic that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is worthy of publication.

A PhD, also known as a doctorate, is a requirement for a career as an academic or as a researcher. In addition, it has become a qualification valued by many employers who recognise the skills and commitment a PhD requires. Employers also recognise that a PhD indicates excellent research and critical thinking capabilities, discipline and outstanding writing skills.

Over the duration of the PhD, you produce an original piece of research of up to 100,000 words. Previous doctoral theses have included ‘Logos, Bios and Madness in Nietzsche, Bataille, Foucault and Derrida’, ‘Representation and Depiction of Intimate Suffering in the Narratives of Esther Tusquets, Elsa Morante and Alberto Asor Rosa’, ‘Poetics of the Face:  Textual Portraiture in Modern English, Polish and Russian Literature’, ‘Samuel Beckett and the Writers of Port-Royal’, and ‘The Monster and the Maiden: Literary Affinities in the Writings of Iris Murdoch and Elias Canetti’.

Careers

Comparative literature graduates develop key skills, including critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. They go on to successful careers in areas such as the media, academia and many different cultural institutions including libraries, museums and galleries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to research degrees, we recommend you to apply sooner.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Three to four years full-time

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Five to six years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Areas of research included:

  • The European avant-garde
  • Modernism and postmodernism
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Literary theory
  • Literature and medicine
  • Literature and philosophy
  • Literature and sexuality
  • Literature and the visual arts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A first or upper-second class BA honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, a distinction or merit in an MA programme or equivalent in a relevant subject and the appropriate language skills.
  • Research students need to demonstrate competence in the relevant languages.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15700 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Part-time fees:

  • UK/EU - £2,164 per year.
  • International - £7,850 per year.

Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The University of Kent has a scholarship fund of over £11 million to support our taught and research students including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.

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