Comparative Literature


In the Department of Comparative Literature, we do all we can to enhance our students’ employment prospects after they graduate. In addition to expertise in world literature and European culture and history, our students gain a range of important transferable skills that are essential in the current job market and make them attractive candidates for a wide range of professions. We ensure that our modules use a variety of assessment methods, including individual or group presentations, which are specifically designed to improve our students’ public speaking skills and to boost their confidence.

During your degree you learn key transferable skills, such as thinking critically, expressing yourself clearly and logically, problem-solving and teamwork – are all highly valued by employers. Our programmes are designed to encourage you in the development of these skills, which will serve you well whatever career you choose.

Aademic Opportunities

Comparative Literature and English & Linguistics in the Classroom

This Stage 3 module will provide you with the opportunity to combine an academic course with work experience, so you can also gain credits towards your degree. You will be placed at a secondary school which will give you an insight into a teaching career option.

Placements in a school environment will enhance your employability opportunities as you will acquire a range of skills. When recruiting new graduates, employers look for additional assets graduates have gained and that are of value to their organisation. They also look for evidence of skills and experiences that make you different from other graduate applicants.

By undertaking this module you will:

  • Develop a range of skills including work related skills demanded by graduate employers
  • Improve your confidence levels
  • Develop your employability

Enrol on the module as normal, but final admission will be via informal interviews during the spring term. Please contact Yadira Ross ( as soon as you sign up as places are limited.


SWIPE conference - Student Work in Progress Exposition

In addition to our regular modules, we also offer a module that is linked to our SWIPE (Student Work in Progress Exposition) conference. SWIPE is an annual one-day conference organised by students from the department: it is a platform for those in their final year to give 15 minute presentations on their dissertation projects. SWIPE is a fantastic experience for students, as they learn everything about planning, organizing and running a conference, as well as about the art of preparing and giving professional conference presentations, as well as a clear understanding into the procedures and rationales behind academic conferencing.



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: 09/07/2015