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Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

Taught Programmes (Graduate Diploma or Masters)

The requirements below are the minimum entry requirements set by the University. Each taught postgraduate programme has particular entry requirements therefore applicants should consult the individual programme entries for further details.

Applicants to a Taught Programme (minimum entry requiments)

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.


1 year full time or 2 Years part time

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
This MA equips students with strong communicative, analytical, organisational and research skills, which are transferable to a range of careers. Graduates have found employment in areas such as journalism, broadcast and electronic media, tourism, translation, publishing, education, culture and arts administration, business and politics. The programme also provides a sound basis for doctoral research.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Gisela Holfter
Tel: +353 (0) 61 202395

Subjects taught

Full-time students complete six taught modules, including a research methodology module, and a dissertation in one year. They will take four modules in the first semester and two in the second. Part-time students normally take two modules in a semester as they work over a two-year course of study. Not all electives may be offered each year or each semester.

Autumn Semester
•CU6051 Literary and Cultural Theory (9 credits)
•CU6031 Comparative Literature: Cultural Constructions of the Past (9 credits)
•RM6021 Research Methodologies in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (3 credits)

Electives – choose one of the following:
CU6011 Language and Culture (9 credits)
•CU6041 Literature of Migration (9 credits)
•SO6021 Theoretical Approaches to Gender, Culture and Society 1 (9 credits)
•EH6031 Literature, Film and Human Rights (9 credits)
•FR5161 The Question of the Universal in Modern and Contemporary Literature of French Expression (9 credits)**
•GE6021 Irish-German Cultural Connections (9 credits)**
•GE6001 German Culture in Europe I: Transcultural Theory and Textual Practice (9 credits)**
•SP6021 Cultural Transitions: Literature and Film in Spain 1970s- 1990s (9 credits)**
•At NUI Galway: Gendered Landscapes***
•At NUI Galway: Self Referentiality in Postmodern Media ***

30 credits

Spring Semester
•CU6032 Thesis Writing: Language, Literary and Cultural Studies (3 credits)
•CU6002 Textual Constructions of Cultural Identity (9 credits)
•CU6012 Utopian Theory and Texts (9 credits)
•Electives – choose one of the following:
CU6021 Culture and the Market (9 credits)
•EH6042 Feminist Literary Theory (9 credits)
•EH6022 Postcolonial Theory and Literature (9 credits)
•EH6062 Irish Americas in Literature and Culture (9 credits)
•FR5152 Modern French Language Literary and Cultural Production (9 credits)**
•GE6002 German Culture in Europe 2: German Literature in a Comparative European Context [MIC] (9 credits)**
•SP6022 The Culture of Memory in Spain and Latin America: Representing Horror (9 credits)**

At NUI Galway: From Division to Unification: Literary Texts and their Political Contexts***

At NUI Galway: Contemporary Literary Genres***

30 credits

Summer Semester
CU6003/CU6022: Research dissertation in the area of comparative literature and comparative cultural studies (ca 15,000 words; 30 credits)

*NB: Not all electives may be offered each year or each semester.

**To take this elective module students will need to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Course Director and the relevant module leader that they have sufficient French / German / Spanish language skills as relevant

*** These electives are offered in Galway as part of the Link-to-Learn agreement between UL and NUI Galway. They are part of the MA International Contemporary Literatures and Media at NUI Galway. For further information contact the course director, Dr Marieke Krajenbrink


Comparative studies are at the heart of international contemporary literature and cultural practices: Exploring the dynamics of cultural representations in today's world, looking beyond national borders.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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