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About the Programme

About King's and Comparative Literature 

Most recent REF rankings: The latest Research Excellence Framework confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities in which the Department of Comparative Literature sits and its leading international reputation. 

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 at Chapel Hill.

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


We welcome applications from students with research interests in any area of modern, medieval and classical literature in major western European languages and in the modern languages of India, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Special research focuses include: African literature, the literatures of the Middle East, Romanticism and revolution, gender studies, and classical reception studies. 

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
• Palestinian and Arab-American speculative fiction

Course study environment

Research students present their work at the weekly Comparative Literature Research Seminar and participate in the Comparative Literature Graduate Reading Group. They also attend other Department seminars as appropriate (Classics, German etc,). 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 Centre for Doctoral Studies; 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

More information can be found here.

Funding Notes

Find out more information about fees on our course web page on the King’s website

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How good is research at King’s College London in English Language and Literature?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.50

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