SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA Comparative Literature (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2019

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Comparative Literarure (Asia/Africa) attracts students who seek an opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well known worlds of African and Asian literature.

At SOAS, students benefit from the unique expertise in this vast field possessed by the school’s faculty. This expertise is available to students interested in studying these literatures through English - including both original English language literatures of Africa and Asia and literature written in African and Asian languages presented through English translations.

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. In doing so, it constructs a unique multi-cultural domain for the study of literature and its location in culture and society.

A prior knowledge of an African or Asian language is not a requirement for admission to the MA Comparative Literature.

See School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Why study Comparative Literature at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in the UK
  • Ranked 8th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021 for South Asian Studies
  • SOAS is specialist in the studies of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia
  • access SOAS’s comprehensive cross-regional expertise and gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of these regions in an increasingly globalised world.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£10,680
Overseas fees:
£21,980

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Convenors

Q&A

Q&A with Dr Keya Anjaria

Dr Keya Anjaria describes what students can expect who join the MA Comparative Literature programme at SOAS.

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Q&A video with Dr Keya Anjaria, MA Comparative LIterature

Structure

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules.  You may take a 30 credit language acquisition module at appropriate level as one of your modules.

Programme

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies 15PCSC999 60 Full Year
Core Modules

Students take both of the following modules

Module Code Credits Term
Comparative Literature: Methodology and Critique 15PCSH004 15 Full Year
Comparative Literature: A New Era 15PCSH005 15 Term 2
Compulsory Module

Choose one of the following:

Module Code Credits Term
World Literature (PG) 15PCSH002 15 Term 2
Intersecting Worlds: Race and Gender in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel 15PAFH031 15 Term 1

Students can take 45 credits from List A below which may include 30 credits of appropriate level language aquisition modules AND 30 credits from the list of Postgraduate open options

List A
Module Code Credits Term
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Intersecting Worlds: Race and Gender in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel 15PAFH031 15 Term 1
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 15 Term 2
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Translating Cultures 1 15PJKH019 15 Term 1
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 2
World Literature (PG) 15PCSH002 15 Term 2

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2021/22 entrants, per academic year (Band 1 tuition fee) 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
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Overseas
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£10,680 £21,980 £5,340 £10,990 £3,560 £7,330 £5,340 £10,990

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees see our postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2021-03-08 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Comparative Literature provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the selected region will have been developed through a combination of the study of its literature and exploration of contemporary literary theories. 

Skills gained

MA Comparative Literature graduates leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.  

A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Careers

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors.

Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face. 

Find out more on our Careers Service website

A Student's Perspective

This course has challenged me to question my preconceived notions of binaries and absolutes, allowing me to develop a more nuanced interpretation of different literary traditions

Sheena Yingling Kang

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