Masters Programs in Comparative Literature

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Comparative Literature

A master’s degree is often the next stage in a student's academic career should they choose to advance beyond a bachelor’s degree in a particular field of study. Achieving a master degree generally demonstrates a high level of competency in a subject, setting the individual apart as an expert. A master’s is also usually needed in order to qualify for doctoral programs in that field.

What is a Master in Comparative Literature? Universities and other institutions of higher learning that have undergraduate majors in comparative literature also usually offer graduate degrees. A comparative literature master curriculum is typically focused on the study of literature in a historical and international context. Studies may explore major works in terms of their linguistic and cultural significance.

A Master in Comparative Literature may give the student an opportunity to delve deeper into a particular aspect of study that interests him or her. Additionally, a master’s degree often serves as a bridge between an undergraduate degree and a doctoral program.

Obtaining a master’s degree typically takes between one and three years, depending on the requirements of the institution and the student's workload. The cost of a master’s program may vary widely between institutions, and many schools require a thesis for this degree.

A number of jobs in the field of comparative literature are academic in nature, so students looking for a career in teaching or research are often better positioned with a master’s degree. Professorships usually require an advanced degree, so a master’s is usually necessary at a minimum. A specialization in a particular aspect of comparative literature may help a student fit research or teaching programs at particular institutions.

Academic institutions throughout the world may be offering online master’s degrees. Online courses usually offer students a flexible option for study if they work or live too far from their school of choice. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Letters in English Literature

University of Glasgow
Campus Full time Part time 2 semesters August 2017 United Kingdom Glasgow + 1 more

This programme gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in English Literature at postgraduate level across a wide range of courses led by internationally renowned experts. [+]

Masters in Comparative Literature. English Literature MLitt This programme gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in English Literature at postgraduate level across a wide range of courses led by internationally renowned experts. A core research training course will introduce you to key skills in postgraduate study, while a flexible degree structure allows you to select from the rich variety of optional courses on offer from the School of Critical Studies and elsewhere in the College of Arts, or even beyond. You can also pursue one of the specialist pathways offered by English Literature, including Fantasy, Medieval and Early Modern, Modernities, and Victorian Literature. The programme ends with an opportunity to write a dissertation on an appropriate English Literature-related topic of your choice. Why this programme The structure of the degree allows you to follow either a bespoke English Literature MLitt programme, constructing your own pathway through a range of different courses, or one of several specialist pathways to suit your interests (see below). You will have access to world class libraries and museums, as well as the extraordinary diversity of cultural, literary and artistic events that makes Glasgow such a vibrant place for postgraduate study. The core research skills programme includes tailored workshops with the University’s archives and world-class Special Collections, as well as providing the academic and technical skills you will need to succeed at postgraduate level in the university and other professional environments. Programme structure There are five different pathways through the MLitt in English Literature at Glasgow: MLitt in English Literature MLitt in English Literature: Fantasy MLitt in English Literature: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture MLitt in English Literature: Modernities: Literature, Culture, Theory MLitt in English Literature: Victorian Literature  Each pathway will give you a different mix of core and optional courses. All students take our 20 credit core English Literature Research Training Course. You then take five more 20 credit courses, some of which may be compulsory for your chosen pathway, and one 60 credit dissertation. The structure for full-time students is as follows: Semester 1:  English Literature Research Training Course plus two 20 credit courses Semester 2:  Three 20 credit courses Summer:  Dissertation Part-time students take the English Literature Research Training Course and three 20 credit courses in their first year of study, and two 20 credit courses and the dissertation in their second year. Pathways English Literature Build your own English Literature postgraduate degree, drawing on the rich range of optional courses available from English Literature, the School of Critical Studies, and elsewhere in the College of Arts or even beyond. Core courses: English Literature Research Training  English Literature Dissertation Optional courses: Of the five further 20 credit courses you take, two must be from any of those offered within the English Literature MLitt programme. The remaining three 20 credit courses may be either from English Literature or, with the convenor’s permission, from elsewhere in the College of Arts and beyond, e.g. Celtic Studies, Classics, History of Art, the School of Education, etc. English Literature courses may include: The American Counterculture, 1945-75 American Fiction of the 1930s Creative Writing Fiction Workshop (cross-discipline) Decadence and The Modern Embodiments: Literature and Medicine, 1750-1900 Explaining Change: Science and Literary Culture 1830-1880 F Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton and Dialogues of American Literary Modernism Fantasy c. 1780 to 1950 Fantasy 1950 to the present Fictions of Adultery From Medieval to Early Modern Genres and Canons Historic and Critical Approaches to Medieval and Early Modern English Literature The Mind of the Contemporary American Novel The Modern Everyday Modernist Sexualities Modernities 1: Literature, Culture and Theory 1880-1945 Modernities 2: Literature, Culture and Theory 1945 to the present Neo-Victorianism The Novel Now Proust in Theory Victorian Literary History Virginia Woolf Writes Modernity Writing Empire English Literature: Fantasy This programme is designed to give you an overview of fantasy literature in English from the era of revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century to the present. As well as charting the history of modern fantasy, including major children’s fiction where this had a significant impact on the development of adult fantasy literature, the course will introduce you to a range of contemporary critical and theoretical approaches to fantasy and the fantastic. Visiting speakers will be invited, which will give you the opportunity to meet contemporary writers, critics and publishers. There is a Fantasy Film Club and you will also be encouraged to participate reflectively in fantasy-related conventions, conferences and festivals, and to join us on field trips and other events. The Masters in Fantasy is a programme run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, and we hope this will show. Core courses: Fantasy 1: c. 1780-1950 Fantasy 2: 1950 to the present English Literature Research Training Optional courses: You then take a further three 20 credit courses. These can be from: the options listed under the General English Literature pathway  elsewhere in the College of Arts and beyond (with the convenor's permission). E.g. Celtic Studies, Classics, History of Art, School of Education, and many more.   English literature: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture The MLitt in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Culture offers students the opportunity to study one of the most vibrant and intellectually challenging periods of literary history. This is an interdisciplinary programme offering a mixture of compulsory and option courses; students may choose options across the range of postgraduate taught courses on offer across the University. You will work with a team of internationally renowned experts with an unparalleled range of medieval and early modern interests, and develop your research skills in manuscripts and print culture by working with the rich manuscript and printed collections held at Glasgow University, the Hunterian, and the Kelvin Hall.  You will also have the option to study a language (i.e. Old English or Latin).  Core courses: From Medieval to Early Modern Historic and Critical Approaches to Medieval and Early Modern English Literature English Literature Research Training Optional courses: You then take a further three 20 credit courses. These can be from: the options listed under the General English Literature pathway  elsewhere in the College of Arts and beyond (with the convenor's permission). E.g. Celtic Studies, Classics, History of Art, School of Education, and many more.  English Literature: Modernities This programme provides the opportunity for advanced study of literary modernism and the avant-garde, and postmodern and contemporary developments in culture and theory. You will investigate the key texts and concepts which shape our understanding of literature and culture across a period of radical change, through an examination of the aesthetic and cultural assumptions of different modern movements; and through an examination of issues in modern writing, particularly those relating to modernity (such as mass culture, revolution, war and empire) and post-modernity (such as simulation, spectacle, performativity and trauma). Throughout, you will study texts in relation to developments in other cultural practices, such as film, theatre and the visual arts. Core courses: Modernities 1: 1890-1945 Modernities 2: 1945 to the present English Literature Research Training Optional courses: You then take a further three 20 credit courses. These can be from: the options listed under the General English Literature pathway  elsewhere in the College of Arts and beyond (with the convenor's permission). E.g. Celtic Studies, Classics, History of Art, School of Education, and many more.  English Literature: Victorian Literature This programme is designed to give you a wide-ranging knowledge of Victorian literature and literary history, introducing you to the period or building on any previous experience of it you may have. You will study a great variety of Victorian writers, genres and forms, and will hone your skills in close reading, historical contextualisation, and use of critical and theoretical sources.  You will also have the opportunity to explore your particular interests in detail, working with staff who are specialists in many aspects of Victorian literature and culture. Glasgow has outstanding resources for the study of Victorian literature including our Special Collections and library. Glasgow is in many ways a Victorian city and you will be working amid some of the most important and beautiful Victorian architecture and landscapes in the UK.  The programme is designed to help you develop research, writing and professional skills which will be transferrable to doctoral study or employment. Previous graduates have gone on to pursue PhDs at Glasgow, Oxford, Cambridge, and other universities, and to careers in teaching, journalism, and consultancy, among other areas. Core courses: Genres and Canons Victorian Literary History English Literature Research Training Optional courses: You then take a further three 20 credit courses. These can be from: the options listed under the General English Literature pathway  elsewhere in the College of Arts and beyond (with the convenor's permission). E.g. Celtic Studies, Classics, History of Art, School of Education, and many more.  Dissertation The two semesters of coursework are followed by one term of supervised work towards a dissertation of up to 15,000 words which you will submit at the beginning of September. The topic normally arises out of the work of the previous two semesters, but the choice is very much open to the student’s own initiative. If you are on a named pathway, then your dissertation topic should fall within the scope of that pathway. If you are on the general pathway, you are welcome to choose a topic from anywhere in the field of English Literature. Your supervisor helps you to develop the proposal and plan the most appropriate reading and methodology. It is also possible to write a dissertation made up of creative writing with a critical component. Normally this possibility is only available to students who have taken the Creative Writing Fiction Workshop (cross-discipline) as one of their options. Entry requirements For entry in 2017 Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. We also require: a sample of written work, about 3,000 words in length. This can be a previous piece of work from an undergraduate degree. The work should be written in English and the content does not have to cover a topic related to this specific programme. a short statement of around 500 words outlining your interest in this programme. two academic references. International students  with  academic  qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. English language requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. Career prospects Our MLitt programmes provide excellent preparation for PhD studies and an academic career. They also develop key skills sought by many employers, including: the ability to find, select and manage large quantities of information; confident and persuasive oral and written communication; and problem solving through creative and critical thinking. Past Glasgow MLitt graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in writing, editing, publishing, teaching, the media, heritage and creative industries, and numerous other related professions. [-]

MA in Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies (Research)

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Nijmegen

The Research Master's programme prepares you for an international academic career, whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you. [+]

Whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you, the Research Master's specialisations are an excellent choice for talented students who want to prepare themselves for an international academic career.

Specialisations

You can choose from the following English-taught specialisations: Historical Studies Literary Studies Art and Visual Culture

Course programme

All three Master's degree specialisations have a similar structure which contains the following elements: Theory of scientific research in Humanities 5.0 EC Methods and Techniques in Humanities 5.0 EC Contemporary Debates in Humanities 5.0 EC Academic Writing. 5.0 EC Key Texts for Humanites 5.0 EC Research seminar 5.0 EC Research paper and proposal 5.0 EC Master's thesis and colloquium 30.0 EC Plus disciplinary courses and research stay/internship abroad 55.0 EC ... [-]

Master in Central European Comparative Studies (CECS) (Part-Time)

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Part time 2 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The part-time study programme provides the opportunity to follow the same structured courses as full–time students, but all compulsory lectures take place during the term only in the afternoon of every Friday. Students attend the lectures and study on their own with the academic support of the tutors and professors. [+]

Masters in Comparative Literature. Central European Comparative Studies (CECS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which focuses on the areas of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad Countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring regions. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of these countries. It focuses on comparative analysis in the following areas: political systems in the 20th century, political development since 1990, the economy, European integration, culture, and the history of society in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Slavonic languages of the area. The part-time study programme provides the opportunity to follow the same structured courses as full–time students, but all compulsory lectures take place during the term only in the afternoon of every Friday. Students attend the lectures and study on their own with the academic support of the tutors and professors. The part-time study programme takes two years and at the end students obtain the same Master-diploma as the full-time students. The legal student status is the same for part-time and full-time students. The part-time study offers students the possibility to connect their personal development with their job and/or family life. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria In addition to the application, the following documents must be provided: 1. Copy of a diploma to show completed Bachelor's or Master's studies, or confirmation of ongoing studies in the academic year that those studies will be completed; 2. Transcript of marks and academic results from previous higher education studies; 3. CV 4. Motivation letter Confirmation of studies may be substituted with a transcript of marks, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application. All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be accurately translated into English. Conditions for admission The admissions commission will will assess applicants for study on the basis of the documents submitted and give them a ranking from 1 -10 points. The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean. A pre-condition for being accepted is the completion of higher education studies. Information on the exercise of graduates The graduate will gain an in-depth knowledge of the Central European region, with particular emphasis on the historical, political and economic development in the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Graduates will also be able to use basic analytical political science theories and compare the broad trends and developments in the Central European region. As part of the program of International Area Studies the graduates in this field of study are ready to apply their acquired knowledge and skills in the highly specialised sectors of various parts of public administration, non-governmental and governmental organizations, as well as to continue in an academic career in the Czech Republic or abroad. [-]

Master Of Science In Classical And Modern Philology With The Linguistic State University Of Pyatigorsk - Pslu / Russia

The Second University of Naples (SUN)
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Russia Pyatigorsk Italy Caserta + 2 more

The course offers students the opportunity to achieve a double degree, ie a double degree Master of study Modern Philology and Linguistics. [+]

The Department of Arts and Cultural Heritage of the SUN (DiLBeC), From the year. 2015-2016 has activated a new integrated study course with the Institute for International Service of Tourism and Foreign Languages ​​University of Pyatigorsk State Linguistic - PSLU - (Russia). The course offers students the opportunity to achieve a double degree, ie a double degree Master of study Modern Philology and Linguistics. The course lasts two years and includes a training program jointly developed with the stranger at their university and a mobility period abroad for two semesters; involves the release, at the end of the study period and after passing the exam, two degrees of Master of Science with the following name from their location: at the SUN "in Modern Philology Doctor", and at the PSLU "Master in linguistics ", recognized according to official regulations in the two universities and in their countries. For students, this new course is a unique opportunity to enrich their professional resume and gain the educational profile of the peculiar and captivating. The University of Pyatigorsk State Linguistics is one of the most reliable Russian universities; his Institute for International Service of Tourism and Foreign Languages ​​is located in a modern and functional structure situated in the center of the city of Pyatigorsk, an important spa resort located in the Federal District of the North Caucasus. EDUCATIONAL GOALS The new international CDL established by the Institute for International Service of Tourism and foreign languages ​​enables members to achieve, at the end of the course, a double degree, ie a double degree Master's study. Each university will give the participating students their diplomas to Master's degree. This is another way of two graduate degrees (a double degree), one of which will be valid in Italy as a Graduate Diploma Course in Modern Philology, and the other in Russia as Master in intercultural communication and foreign language skills in the management and business innovative, with the title of "Master in linguistics". Both titles are recognized in and outside Europe. Therefore, the new CDL aims to train a new professional that possesses not only the necessary philological and language teaching skills, but also the full communicative competence of the partner country's language (Italian and Russian) and the English language. In fact, in the new course of study it is planned during the course of a study period abroad (two semesters) and a period of vocational training in the country of origin, in language training institutions, publishing houses and press agencies. RECIPIENTS AND GRANTS Can enroll in the CDL in Linguistics and Modern Philology, activated in partnership with the State University of Pyatigorsk Linguistics, students holding a Bachelor's degree diploma, obtained in Italy or a Bachelor degree from Russian universities. Italians students will learn the Russian language, Given at the Russian Culture 'Pushkin' center which was established in 2015 at the DiLBeC in Santa Maria Capua Vetere. Russian students will have to learn the Italian language. For students who are in possession of a Diploma Bachelor degree other than that prescribed and who decide to enroll in the new CDL in Linguistics and Modern Philology, will be activated custom procedures for recognition and validation of the exams and college credits already earned. Those who decide to enroll in CDL in Linguistics and Modern Philology will also contribute to the call for obtaining scholarships annually allocated from the SUN. Some of these scholarships are reserved for foreign students. HEADQUARTERS AND METHOD 'OF CONDUCT Courses in Italy will take place at the offices of the Department of Arts and Cultural Heritage of the SUN, in Santa Maria Capua Vetere (CE). Courses in Russia will take place at the Institute for International Service of Tourism and foreign languages, in the center of Pyatigorsk. The teaching consists of lectures cycles with any evidence elapsed written and / or oral. The exams are oral and may be preceded by a written examination. [-]

Master in Central European Comparative Studies (CECS)

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Central European Comparative Studies (CECS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which focuses on the areas of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad Countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring regions. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of these countries. [+]

Masters in Comparative Literature. Central European Comparative Studies (CECS) is a two-year English-language Master's degree programme, which focuses on the areas of Germany, Austria and the Visegrad Countries (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) with an overlap onto neighbouring regions. It offers a thorough comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural developments of these countries. It focuses on comparative analysis in the following areas: political systems in the 20th century, political development since 1990, the economy, European integration, culture, and the history of society in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also offers students the chance to learn or improve their knowledge of some of the Slavonic languages of the area. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria In addition to the application, the following documents must be provided: 1. Copy of a diploma to show completed Bachelor's or Master's studies, or confirmation of ongoing studies in the academic year that those studies will be completed; 2. Transcript of marks and academic results from previous higher education studies; 3. CV 4. Motivation letter Confirmation of studies may be substituted with a transcript of marks, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application. All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be accurately translated into English. Conditions for admission The admissions commission will will assess applicants for study on the basis of the documents submitted and give them a ranking from 1 -10 points. The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean. A pre-condition for being accepted is the completion of higher education studies. Information on the exercise of graduates The graduate will gain an in-depth knowledge of the Central European region, with particular emphasis on the historical, political and economic development in the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Graduates will also be able to use basic analytical political science theories and compare the broad trends and developments in the Central European region. As part of the program of International Area Studies the graduates in this field of study are ready to apply their acquired knowledge and skills in the highly specialised sectors of various parts of public administration, non-governmental and governmental organizations, as well as to continue in an academic career in the Czech Republic or abroad. [-]