Comparative Literature MA (joint degree) 2022 entry
Comparative Literature at St Andrews opens up literary study across boundaries of culture and language. It offers students the chance to read texts of any genre, of any period, and written in a multitude of languages, all in English translation. Drawing on expertise from across modern languages and beyond, the programme considers the relationships that exist between literatures around the world, allowing students to push at the boundaries of textual analysis and read without borders.
As well as exploring the different cultural, socio-political, and historical forces that have helped form national and transnational canons, the course also focuses on close reading and introduces you to comparative methodologies and literary theories, developing your analytical, descriptive, and evaluative skills. You will have the opportunity to read, discuss, and present reasoned arguments, and work on writing with precision, clarity and creativity.
Whilst St Andrews does not offer Comparative Literature as a single Honours degree, you can take it in combination with a wide variety of other subjects as part of a joint Honours degree.
If you are taking Comparative Literature with a modern language, you will have the opportunity to take an integrated year abroad between second and third year in a country in which the language you study is spoken.
Comparative literature at St Andrews was ranked first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2022. The School of Modern Languages as a whole was ranked first in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2022.
The School of Modern Languages has a reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad range of areas including:
- literatures (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin American, Persian, Russian and Spanish) from the medieval era to the 21st century
- theories and methodologies of comparative literature
- creativity and performance
- history, politics and society
- gender and identity studies
- postcolonial and transnational studies
- contemporary studies.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2021. More than 93% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Comparative Literature as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following listed subjects.
It is also possible to combine a degree in Comparative Literature with two modern languages. Any combination of Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is available. Triple degrees taken with Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.
“With texts from a wide range of countries and a variety of genres (novels to movies to paintings), Comparative Literature is perfectly suited to an increasingly globalised and intermedial world. The focus on contemporary cultural discourses has proved to be very useful in my joint course with Modern History, as well as helping me secure internships in museums and research institutes.”
Zoe (Bad Fischau, Austria)