Comparative Literature MA, MPhil, PhD
Entry requirements: A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject (or equivalent) and the appropriate language skills
Research students need to demonstrate competence in the relevant languages.
As a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Block Grant Partnership, the School of European Culture and Languages offers AHRC postgraduate studentships in the field of European Culture and Languages (either for a taught MA or for a PhD). The School also offers a limited number of postgraduate scholarships for research students each year; students holding these awards are expected to contribute to their subject area by doing up to six hours of teaching per week. Studentships and scholarships are advertised in January for a September start.
The School also provides funds to research students for attendance at conferences, as well as inter-library loans and minor expenses related to research.
Resources and facilities
The Templeman Library has excellent holdings in all our areas of research interest, with particular strengths in modern European literature. The School of European Culture and Languages provides high-quality IT facilities, with state-of-the-art language laboratories, dedicated technical staff and designated areas for postgraduate study.
Language-learning and translation facilities include eight all-purpose teaching rooms, two networked multimedia laboratories and a streamed film library, as well as satellite TV channels offering self-instruction facilities.
Areas of particular research strength within Comparative Literature at Kent include the European avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism, postcolonial literature, literary theory, literature and the visual arts, literature and sexuality, and literature and philosophy. The list below indicates the range of current research interests of members of staff within Comparative Literature and the other disciplines with whom we work closely. Many of these staff are members of the Centre for Modern European Literature. They can supervise postgraduate students for the MA, MPhil or PhD degrees in any of their respective areas of expertise. If you are considering applying to undertake a research degree, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your plans at an early stage of your application.
Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies (CLLS)
Founded in 2007, the Centre aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in linguistic research and teaching. Membership includes not just linguists within SECL but also researchers in classics, philosophy, computing, psychology and anthropology, reflecting the many and varied routes by which individuals come to a love of language and the various disciplines and sub-disciplines of linguistics. Kent provides academic progression in linguistics from undergraduate to graduate levels (taught and research MA, MPhil and PhD) with CLLS offering supervision and support in areas such as syntax, semantics and pragmatics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and stylistics. We run lectures, symposiums and workshops with experts from Kent and far beyond and have recently held the third of a series of biennial international conferences devoted to Interfaces in Language, with published proceedings.