English and Comparative Literature BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: Q200
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
This degree combines English literature with different literatures from around the world.
You’ll choose from the whole range of options in the School of English, including writers from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Canada and the Caribbean. You’ll also study texts in Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You don’t need any knowledge of foreign languages - all texts are taught in translation.
Core modules will introduce you to world literature and issues such as genre, influence and reception. Then you’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules to pursue topics that interest you. You’ll be taught by tutors from the Schools of English and Languages, Cultures and Societies who are also part of the Centre for World Literatures. Between them they provide diverse expertise to help you gain a deeper understanding of literature from around the world – and develop skills that are valuable to employers.
Leeds has excellent resources for studying world literature. For example, the Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – a valuable resource for your original research.Back to top
In your first year, you’ll choose modules across the spectrum of poetry, prose and drama in English as well as core modules introducing you to key areas of comparative literature.
In your second year you take a core module on Reception, Transmission and Translation, which introduces you to the theory and practice of global literary circulation and is partly assessed through the co-production of an edited anthology. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules from the Schools of English and Languages, Cultures and Societies.
In your third year, you’ll apply the critical and research skills you’ve developed to your dissertation, where you’ll independently research a topic which cuts across English and literature from other cultures – the myth of Odysseus from Homer to Derek Walcott, for example, or the ways in which foreign-language detective fiction has been received in the English-speaking world.
You’ll also study optional modules covering an array of topics, such as different periods of English literature, Chinese theatre, Dante or Latin American culture among others.
|Studying and Researching English||5 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Worlds of Literature||20 credits|
|Discourse, Culture and Identity||20 credits|
A sample of the optional modules are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Prose: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Poetry: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Drama: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Reception, Transmission and Translation: The Global Circulation of Literature||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Eighteenth-Century Literature||20 credits|
|Renaissance Literature||20 credits|
|American Danger||20 credits|
|Writing America||20 credits|
|Creative Writing||20 credits|
|Final Year Project||40 credits|
|Eighteenth-Century Literature||20 credits|
|Arthurian Legend: Chivalry and Violence||20 credits|
|Planes, Trains and Automobiles: US Narratives of Air, Rail, Road and Water||20 credits|
|Postcolonial London||20 credits|
|Literature of the 1890s||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of learning and teaching styles to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are most commonly used, but workshops may also be involved in some modules.However, independent learning is also a vital part of the degree, allowing you to conduct your own research and think critically about what you find. The University Library runs excellent training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.
Different types of assessment are also used – usually exams and essays, but oral presentations and group work may also be included in some modules. We offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, including extra classes on issues like structuring essays, public speaking or exam technique.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English.
35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level with 6 in English at Higher Level.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in English.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
BBB at A Level including English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
English and Comparative Literature graduates develop a wide range of transferable skills that really appeal to employers.
You’ll have highly developed communication skills, and the ability to appreciate cultures outside of your own. You’ll be independent and self-motivated, as well as a confident researcher who can think analytically about what they find. You’ll also have the organisational and time management skills that come from studying two subjects as part of a Joint Honours programme.
Leeds English graduates have succeeded in diverse careers such as publishing, business and finance, law, advertising and marketing, journalism, the civil service, education and the charity sector. Many have also gone onto postgraduate study.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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