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Queen Mary University of London

London , England ,United Kingdom

Research degrees in Comparative Literature

Queen Mary has an active and flourishing research culture with staff working across disciplines to shape the dynamic field of comparative literature. Established in 2012, the PhD Programme in Comparative Literature has since grown to include supervision capacity in European Literatures, the literatures of China and the Indian subcontinent, as well as in world literature, postcolonialism, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism.

The Department is one of the leading centres for research and study in Comparative Literature in London and benefits from its close collaborative links with the institutions of the University of London, such as University College London (UCL), King's College London, Goldsmiths, SOAS, etc. The Department also has a thriving MA in Comparative Literature, and hosts the highly prestigious annual George Steiner Lecture in Comparative Literature, most recently delivered by David Damrosch (Harvard), Susan Bassnett (Warwick), Haun Saussy (UChicago), and Emily Apter (NYU).

The PhD community in the Department of Comparative Literature is truly international, with its research supported by competitive fellowships and awards of academic institutions in the UK and abroad. Members of the Department have organized major international conferences and symposia; they are also actively involved in the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA), the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), and the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Department members also serve in advisory roles on editorial boards of journals and publications series in Comparative Literature worldwide.

Graduate students participate actively in the Comparative Literature community at Queen Mary and beyond, including presenting their own work at staff-student research seminars and at events hosted by the London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS), of which Queen Mary is a lively member. Students are encouraged to contribute more broadly to the research culture by organising talks and events, often featuring invited speakers.

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is situated in a modern building on Queen Mary's main campus at Mile End. The University Library contains an extensive collection of English and foreign language monographs and journals (including e-journals) on comparative literature. The Library has corporate memberships which enable Queen Mary students to use the University of London Library and the Library of the Institute of Romance and Germanic Studies, as well as the libraries of the other constituent Colleges of the University of London.

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Campus Information

Mile End Campus

It contains the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Queens' Building, the main college library, the student union, Draper's bar and club, several restaurants, a number of halls of residences and a gym. The educational and research sites of the Arts Research Centre, Computer Science, the large Engineering building, G.E. Fogg Building, Francis Bancroft Building, G. O. Jones Building, Joseph Priestley Building, Lock-keeper's Graduate Centre, and the Mathematical Science Building, are all located within the Mile End campus


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Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Careers support 

The services we offer to support your career development include:

  • one-to-one appointments to help you with your career direction, give feedback on job applications, offer insight into the job market and prepare you for interviews
  • workshops to support your career development and job hunting
  • employer events attracting recruiters and alumni from a rich range of sectors
  • support for finding internships and parttime jobs
  • specialist careers consultants to support PhD students through appointments, events and workshops.

Support for international students

  • We offer a programme of support for international students throughout the year, which involves talks on how to find graduate work in the UK and an International Students Week featuring external speakers.
  • Students can search for jobs across the world with our international jobs database, as well as browse our guides on getting work in particular markets.
  • All students have access to a rich programme of employer events and career development workshops, running across the University year. 

Support after graduation

Our careers support continues after you leave Queen Mary.

  • All graduates have access to our Careers and Enterprise services for two years after graduation.
  • You can have -
    free one-to-one appointments in person, over the phone or via Skype
    Attend our employer events
    use our online psychometric testing and mock-interview software
    access our jobs board – over 3,000 employers uploaded vacancies in 2018/19.

Queen Mary graduates have gone on to work in these organisations:

• Accenture • Allen & Overy • Arup • AstraZeneca • Baker McKenzie • Barts Health NHS Trust • European Central Bank • Fintech Innovation Lab • Google • HSBC • IBM • Institute of Cancer Research • Institute of Dentistry • J.P. Morgan • Jaguar Land Rover • Lloyds Banking Group • Natural History Museum • Penguin • PwC • Queen Mary • Save the Children • Shell • Stella McCartney • Thales • Thomson Reuters • World Economic Forum ...and many more!

Careers success

93% of our postgraduates are in work and/or study six months after graduation. 84% of those in work/study are in highly skilled work/study (most recent DLHE Survey of 16/17 leavers)* 

Enterprise support

Many students and graduates across Queen Mary start or grow their own business or social venture each year. In 2018/19, Queen Mary gave out £45,000 in seed funding to help students start new, or grow existing businesse

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • The normal minimum entry requirement for admission to the programme is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject and a postgraduate degree (MA, MRes) from a UK university, or overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard. At its discretion, Queen Mary may accept candidates with alternative qualifications or an appropriate level of research experience gained in the workplace or similar environment.

Language requirements

We may require a qualifying examination in English and/or evidence of an appropriate level of competence in written and spoken English.

The School accepts students for a research degree, leading to a PhD. Applicants for this degree are accepted on the basis of previous academic performance and subject to the availability of a member of staff to supervise their work. We welcome applications from home and overseas students. Prospective students are advised to consult a potential supervisor with a draft research proposal before submitting a formal application. You should also include a relevant piece of written work showing your potential for carrying out high level research in your subject area (preferably a final-year undergraduate or MA dissertation), with your application. 


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