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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures by Advanced Study is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Although admissions interviews are generally not held, an interview will be held prior to recommending an offer of admission in some cases.

By "comparative literatures and cultures", we do not mean the study of any or all literatures in English translation, and we would expect our students to have reading competency in at least one of the non-English language areas covered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (MMLL) (i.e. European languages other than English, which includes the development of these languages in other parts of the world, e.g. Spanish and Portuguese in Latin America).  Students sometimes have this competency in more than one MMLL language, but many students use the MPhil to work solely on primary material from one particular language (e.g. working on Russian primary material alone for all of their written work here).  It is sometimes possible to develop your knowledge of one of the dissertation MMLL languages whilst you’re here (e.g. via the University Language Centre), though not plausible to do so from scratch, as you will be busy with the core work of the MPhil.  In addition to writing on the ELAC MPhil about the material in the languages covered by MMLL, you can also write about English language material (e.g. someone working on 19th-century literature in the second term might write an essay comparing Madame Bovary and Jane Eyre).  But students who wish to work solely on texts written in English or translated into English will find relevant MPhils in the English Faculty.  It is possible on the ELAC programme to use conceptual and theoretical material in English translation.

University Minimum Academic Requirements

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 110


Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).

Visa Information

No ATAS required

What Is An ATAS?

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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