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The 2015 National Student Survey ranks QMUL in the top ten among Russell Group universities and joint first in London for student satisfaction.


In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) the Department of Comparative Literature and Culture at Queen Mary achieved:

84% Satisfaction with the Comparative Literature degree programme

84% Satisfaction with teaching on the Single Honours Comparative Literature programme

85% Satisfaction with Assessment and Feedback

These results rank the Department of Comparative Literature & Culture in the top 3 in London and top 10 nationally for student satisfaction.  


Our thriving and dynamic department offers a range of innovative and highly popular undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, from single honours Comparative Literature to joint honours combinations with HistoryFilmLinguistics, or one of the following languages: FrenchGermanIberian and Latin American Studies or Russian.

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What is Comparative Literature?

A well-established, demanding and exciting subject which allows you to study literature written in languages from across the world, and to explore literature in conjunction with other cultural and artistic production (film, music, painting, philosophy). It's all about expanding your literary and cultural horizons.

  • Why study Comparative Literature?

According to eminent comparatist George Steiner, it allows you to "see more". You will be studying:

-          literature written in more than one language

-          more than literature alone 

The breadth and variety of Comparative Literature make it ideally suited for students operating in today's global and highly visual world.

  • Why study Comparative Literature with us?

Top 5 reasons (see our Undergraduate and Postgraduate pages for more):

1.       the range of modules available

2.       our location in London and the thriving, culturally dynamic East End

3.       the commitment and expertise of our specialist staff

4.       the diversity of our students and staff

5.       our collaborations with external partners, from publishers to museums