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This unique degree programme enables students to develop their critical skills and cultural awareness while exploring the world of literature, cinema and art. You’ll study fiction, theatre and poetry from Antiquity to the present day, from across the globe and also have the opportunity to study film and visual arts. Everything is taught in English and our innovative and modular degree structure builds skills whilst allowing students to develop and discover their own interests and passions. In addition to core courses each year that build your critical and transferable skills and introduce you to major genres in literature, cinema and visual art, you can choose from our exceptionally wide range of fascinating options. Studying CLC at Royal Holloway means joining a diverse, friendly and high achieving community (2014, an impressive 35% were awarded first class degrees!). 

Why choose CLC at Royal Holloway?

The scope of what you can learn


CLC offers a brilliant balance between honing your comparative, critical and communication skills and developing your cultural awareness and passions. It is a flexible, modular degree programme designed to allow you to develop your own interests.

Comparative Literature and Culture spans fiction, drama, cinema, poetry, philosophy, painting and sculpture from different periods and areas. All modules are taught by leading research specialists (ranked top for research in London, Royal Holloway’s is one of the top ten Modern Languages Departments in the UK). 

 Your first year is foundational, meaning marks do not count towards your final degree. When you arrive at Royal Holloway, in addition to core courses and options, you’ll take specially-designed courses to help you develop the academic and writing skills that will benefit your university career and beyond. The marks you achieve in your second- and final-year do count with more importance being given to the latter to reward your progress and achievement.

Our diverse teaching methods

Our teaching methods are very diverse, ranging from lectures and small-group seminars to e-learning. You’ll be expected to prepare material for lectures and seminars to help you try out new ideas and participate in lively discussions in a supportive environment. There’s also plenty of personal contact between staff and students.

We use an array of assessment models to suit different learning styles, from online comprehension tests and individual and group presentations to coursework and examinations. 

In your final year, you’ll research and write a dissertation that develops your own critical perspective on an aspect of one of the topics you’re studying. Throughout your time here, you’ll have your own Personal Advisor - an academic who helps you through your studies and guides you in tailoring your course to your strengths and interests.

The employability skills you'll gain 

Through studying CLC, you’ll obtain a sophisticated and critical appreciation of cultural life and diversity, drawing on a very broad range of international literary, film and artistic references as well as major critical perspectives.

You’ll also enhance your own original analytical thinking as well as honing your oral and written communication skills in ways that are particularly valuable in today’s global marketplace. 

Our graduates are highly sought after and high achieving: 35% of CLC students who graduated in 2014 were awarded First Class Honours.

The various course units

For more detailed information on the different degree programmes we offer, look through the course list on the right. If you want to find out more about our core courses and options, please select the relevant link below:

Above: Programme Director, Dr Ruth Cruickshank, talks about her research interests.



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