The Department of Comparative Literature is a close-knit academic community. Its stimulating and innovative programmes are taught by leading academics and cover literature from around the world and different time periods.

Key facts


of Kent 2017 Comparative Literature graduates who completed a national survey, were in work or further study within six months. (DLHE)


of final-year Comparative Literature students who completed the 2019 NSS, were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.  


in the Teaching Excellence Framework*, the highest possible rating.


of Kent postgraduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to a national survey were in work or further study within six months. (DLHE)

Comparative Literature is part of the Division of Arts and Humanities, home to a wide range of subject areas encompassing all aspects of cultural life. 

With a broad portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered at the University's campuses in Canterbury and Medway, and at its Paris School of Arts and Culture, the Division provides a truly multidisciplinary community, crossing disciplinary, geographic and linguistic boundaries. Such a diverse range of interests leads to a fascinating timetable of events and makes the Division an exciting place to study.

Our vision

Comparative Literature at Kent covers literature from the classics to the modern age, crossing the traditional boundaries of national literature programmes. Alongside notable works in the English and American traditions, our students have the opportunity to study a wide range of major literary works from other countries in translation. 

Inspirational teaching

Your teachers are passionate about literature, with expertise in a broad range of fields. They regularly publish books and articles and have international reputations for the quality of their research. Their research informs their teaching, which creates a stimulating environment in which to learn.

We are committed to ensuring you have the support you need to produce your best work. Our policy of one-on-one essay return gives you the chance to discuss your lecturer’s feedback in detail.

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Supportive community

We are a welcoming and friendly department, where students and staff share interests and experiences. We have a dedicated student support team who can help you with your academic needs and offer general support. The University also has an extensive academic and pastoral support network.    

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It's a small department so everybody knows everybody, and your lecturers really do care about how you’re doing.

Research excellence

The Department is a thriving research community committed to work of the highest quality. We encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative work as well as individual projects, and work closely with other departments across the University. Our research crosses national, linguistic, and, in some cases, disciplinary borders.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Comparative Literature was part of Kent’s submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics that was ranked 3rd in the UK.

Impressive prospects

Our students do exceptionally well career-wise working in areas such as education, publishing and journalism. This is due to the excellent analytical, writing, organisational and presentation skills they gain through their studies, as well as to the structured programme of employability events. These include workshops and opportunities to gain hands-on experience through our wide range of paid and voluntary work opportunities.

The University’s Careers and Employability service supports students throughout their time at Kent, and for three years after graduation.

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Comparative Literature student Naomi Gilad spent her year abroad in Hong Kong

Study abroad

It is possible to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. This chance to immerse yourself in the culture of some of the writers you study enriches your learning. It is also a fantastic opportunity for personal and career development. You do not need to speak a foreign language as, at most destinations, you are taught in English. Interested? You can find details on our Go abroad site.


The Department of Comparative Literature is based on our Canterbury campus with its first-class academic and leisure facilities. We are equipped with the latest resources and our beautiful setting offers plenty of tranquil spaces to study and relax.

Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city's medieval buildings, historic pubs and mix of independent shops and leading high street brands. London is just an hour away by train.

*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here