Comparative Literature

Ten reasons to study Comparative Literature / World Literature at Kent

  1. High-quality teaching - Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.
  2. Student satisfaction - In the National Student Survey 2017, over 95% of final-year Comparative Literature students who responded to the survey were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Comparative Literature at Kent was ranked 1st for overall satisfaction.
  3. Diverse programmes - Our popular Single Honours programme offers modules that cover literature from the classics to the modern age, crossing the traditional boundaries of national literature programmes. Alongside notable works originally written in the English and American traditions, our students have the opportunity to study (in English translation) a wide range of major literary works from other countries.
  4. Joint Honours - We also offer Joint Honours degrees with Classical and Archaeological Studies, Drama, English and American Literature, Film Studies, French, German, History, History and Philosophy of Art, Italian, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
  5. Student support - We have a policy of one-on-one essay return (ensuring high-quality feedback) and a School Student Support Officer and Student Support Coordinator responsible for giving guidance to our students. All members of the department keep regular office hours in which students may visit for further questions and discussion about their studies.
  6. Research excellence - Comparative Literature was part of Kent's REF2014 submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics that was ranked 3rd in the UK, with 85% of its published research graded 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. Our students are taught by lecturers with international reputations for research excellence, working at the cutting-edge of their field. We have close links with the British Comparative Literature Association, and also work closely with colleagues across the School of European Culture and Languages, and co-direct the Centre for Modern European Literature.
  7. Career opportunities - Our students have gone on to careers in a wide range of fields and are supported throughout their studies by the dedicated Careers and Employability service. Past careers are numerous but typical career paths include journalism, publishing, broadcasting, teaching, and creative writing. Comparative Literature students who graduated from Kent in 2016, were the most successful in the UK at finding work or further study opportunities within six months (DLHE).
  8. Fantastic surroundings - Our green and spacious campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury. As well as state-of-the-art academic facilities like the Templeman Library, the campus has plenty of bars, eateries, an independent cinema and theatre, sports centre and recently revamped nightclub. Canterbury itself attracts visitors from far and wide and has many bars, restaurants and shops.
  9. Safety - The University of Kent also has its own campus security team – Campus Watch – to ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.
  10. Transport links - Canterbury has excellent transport links, with three European capitals – London, Paris, and Brussels - just a short distance away by train. Closer to home, the Kent coast can be reached in no time at all by bus or train – the picturesque fishing village of Whitstable is only eight miles away.



Comparative Literature, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email the department

Last Updated: 16/02/2018