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11 Masters Programs in 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 fie… Read more

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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University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Our MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories is an interdisciplinary, transnational programme. It invites students to engage with crucial debates about the different ... +

Our MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories is an interdisciplinary, transnational programme. It invites students to engage with crucial debates about the different ways in which cultures across time and space have understood the relationship between literature and the world, the concept of representation and the role of the author in the cultural domain. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
Universidad de Murcia
Murcia, Spain

The University Master's Degree in Comparative Literature is conceived as an initiation Master's Degree in Research in Literary Studies of European tradition. The Master is pro ... +

The University Master's Degree in Comparative Literature is conceived as an initiation Master's Degree in Research in Literary Studies of European tradition. The Master is proposed as a way to specialize the already graduated student in the theoretical and methodological knowledge of Comparative Literature and in European literary studies. In the first dimension, with special emphasis on those theoretical-critical currents and methodological approaches of greater validity and current influence. In its development, the Master's study plan is conceived as a support for the historical knowledge of the European literary tradition through the study of various literary traditions in their interconnection, that is, as networks of fluid transversality and mutual influence. -
Master
Full-time
Spanish
Sep 2020
Campus
Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the p ... +

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Aug 2020
Campus
University of Verona
Verona, Italy

The Master’s Degree in Comparative European and Non-European Languages and Literatures (LM 37) enables students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of two languages – to be chose ... +

The Master’s Degree in Comparative European and Non-European Languages and Literatures (LM 37) enables students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of two languages – to be chosen from French, English, Russian, Spanish, and German – and their associated literatures, in a comparative perspective. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Oct 2020
Campus
Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts
Hong Kong

The MA programme in Literary and Comparative Studies (MALCS) offers students the opportunity for focused study while at the same time devoting the entire heft of the curriculu ... +

The MA programme in Literary and Comparative Studies (MALCS) offers students the opportunity for focused study while at the same time devoting the entire heft of the curriculum to literary studies in a global and comparative context. This global focus offers a discernible and distinctive character to the programme, and it resonates with the ethos of HKBU — an ethos that places learning within an internationalized context while at the same time according to the utmost importance to the needs of the individual learner. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MLitt in Comparative Literature explores the transnational understanding of literature and culture, providing students with a critical evaluation of theoretical approaches ... +

The MLitt in Comparative Literature explores the transnational understanding of literature and culture, providing students with a critical evaluation of theoretical approaches combined with the intensive study of an extremely broad range of European texts and their relations to other literature. -
Master
Full-time
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

This Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its ... +

This Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well-known worlds of African and Asian literature is what attracts most student ... +

The opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well-known worlds of African and Asian literature is what attracts most students to this popular MA. While exploring new horizons and breaking out of the Euro-centric space in which comparative literature has developed so far, the programme covers the major theoretical contributions made by Western scholars. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
Campus
Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Arkhangelsk, Russia

Designed by the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and Haute Alsace University, the CLS program gives a unique opportunity to get inside the world of French and Russian lite ... +

Designed by the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and Haute Alsace University, the CLS program gives a unique opportunity to get inside the world of French and Russian literature assisted by highly qualified international teaching staff and have lectures and tutorials both in Russia and France within an academic mobility program. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
French, Russian
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The Erasmus Mundus MLitt in Crossways in Cultural Narratives is a two year EU-endorsed, multidisciplinary and multilingual programme delivered by a consortium of international ... +

The Erasmus Mundus MLitt in Crossways in Cultural Narratives is a two year EU-endorsed, multidisciplinary and multilingual programme delivered by a consortium of international universities. At St Andrews, the study in this degree focuses on the areas of cultural identities and comparative literature. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
07 Sep 2020
Campus
University of St Andrews
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The MLitt in German and Comparative Literature offers a unique opportunity to gain a comparative perspective on German literature through a joint qualification from the Univer ... +

The MLitt in German and Comparative Literature offers a unique opportunity to gain a comparative perspective on German literature through a joint qualification from the University of St Andrews (MLitt) and the University of Bonn in Germany (MA). -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
14 Sep 2020
Campus

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