You are based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which is home to the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature. In SECL, you benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
You do not need to be proficient in a foreign language to take a degree in Comparative Literature. While we encourage you to engage with foreign languages, you study translated works alongside literature originally written in English.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to ancient Greek and Roman civilisations and to the principles of archaeological research. You also explore the importance of narrative and storytelling to the make-up of societies and culture.
You have the opportunity to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, which are taught at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Our broad range of modules includes topics like ancient Egypt, everyday life in antiquity, Romanticism, and gender in literature.
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module in Comparative Literature on a subject of your choice or you can complete an archaeological project. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
You may use our specialist laboratory for cleaning and sorting archaeological finds. We also provide specialist equipment for geophysical surveys, photography, 3D laser scanning and microscopy. Our archaeology technician is on hand to help you as you work.
Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format. You can also gain easy access to international collections in London and local collections such as the Canterbury Cathedral Library.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Centre offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:
Modern Languages Society Creative Writing Society Classics and Archaeological Society.
We work closely with external organisations, such as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and you may have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork activitiesClassical & Archaeological Studies
All modules have a weekly seminar, and most also have weekly lectures. Archaeology modules sometimes include museum and site visits. We encourage students to take part in excavations and surveys with staff and associated institutions, and student bursaries are available to support this.
Assessment at all stages varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.
For most modules, you have one two-hour seminar per week. The final-year dissertation is based entirely on your private research but is
supervised by a tutor and includes workshops.
Comparative Literature students can choose to take a module that is linked to SWIPE (Student Work in Progress Exposition), our annual one-day conference that provides a platform for our third-year students to give short presentations on their final-year dissertation projects. By becoming involved in SWIPE you learn about planning, organising and running a conference, as well as about preparing and delivering professional conference presentations.
We also offer a module designed specifically for students who are planning to embark on a career in teaching: Comparative Literature and English & Linguistics in the Classroom.
Assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio 50:50 or 40:60.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: