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PhD Comparative Literature Research

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
17000 GBP
National
4600 GBP
EU
4600 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Department of Comparative Literature
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
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About this course

REF rankings 2014: King's is one of the top 20 leading institutions worldwide (2014 QS World University Rankings). The 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the School of Arts & Humanities and its leading international reputation. The Department of English is ranked 8th in the UK and 2nd amongst Russell Group universities according to the framework's "power" metric, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity.

Research supervision: Coordinated by the Postgraduate and Research Committee, it links some of the highest-rated literature teaching departments in the country.

Current number of academic staff: 10.

Current research projects:

  • Metonymy in ancient Greek and German poetry
  • French critical thought and comparative literature
  • The Bengali novel and representations of Africa
  • Transnational modernisms
  • Modern Chinese literary representations of the city
  • Illness narratives in Arabic
  • Domestic space i the Euopean novel
  • Palestinian and Arab-American speculative fiction.

Partner organisations

Partner organisations: ongoing co-operation in research and student exchange takes place between the programme and the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Joint PhDs available: Exciting opportunities to gain a joint PhD with the University of Hong Kong or National University of Singapore.

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Eligibility Criteria

Master of Arts degree with Distinction (or overseas equivalent) in a subject in which the study of literature plays a significant part; applicants must have the linguistic skills relevant to their research project.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Description

We welcome applications from students with research interests in any area of modern, medieval and classical literature in the western European languages and in the modern languages of China, India, Africa and the Middle East. Special research focuses include: the afterlife of Greco-Roman antiquity in later Western literature; the tradition of melancholy from antiquity to 1800; modern Greek poetry; pain in African literature; gender and modern Chinese literature; space in the 19th century European novel; Palestinian and Israeli world literature; linguistics, philology and comparative literature.

Current PhD topics include:

  • Metonymy in ancient Greek and German poetry
  • French critical thought and comparative literature
  • The Bengali novel and representations of Africa
  • Transnational modernisms
  • Modern Chinese literary representations of the city
  • Illness narratives in Arabic
  • Domestic space in the European novel
  • Palestinian and Arab-American speculative fiction

Course study environment

Research students present their work at the regular Research Seminar and participate in the Comparative Literature Graduate Reading Group and the annual Comparative Literature Graduate Conference. They also attend other Department seminars as appropriate including at the Global Institutes and the Arts and Humanities Festival.  The various Institutes of the University of London School of Advanced Study run a wealth of seminars. In addition, King's Comparative Literature plays a pivotal role in the London Intercollegiate Comparative Studies network, which hosts its own seminars.

Postgraduate training

Training involves the Research Seminar; courses organised by the King's Learning Institute for teaching; and specialised research training in the University of London's School of Advanced Study. In addition, you can enhance or broaden your language competence through daytime or evening classes in the Modern Language Centre. All Comparative Literature research students have the opportunity to acquire teaching experience.

Head of group/division

Professor Javed Majeed

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Contact email

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/Admissions-contact-form.aspx

Course website

www.kcl.ac.uk/complit/

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How to Apply

Application procedure

You should send us a 600 word research project outline with your graduate application form, together with a sample of your previous written work (typically, your MA dissertation). Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after one year, by agreement with their supervisor and the Departmental Postgraduate and Research Committee.

JOINT PhD APPLICATION ADVICE 

Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, i.e. where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.

Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.

January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students.

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