PhD in Comparative Literature

The PhD is an opportunity to engage in advanced research. This research can be carried out in any area within the Faculty of Arts, provided that supervision is available and the research proposal and supervision arrangements are approved by the University.

See a list of potential supervisors on our staff page.

The PhD consists of a thesis of an internationally recognised standard that makes an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in its field. Normally the thesis may not exceed 100,000 words or 250 pages. An oral examination takes place after the thesis has been submitted.

Research opportunities

  • Autobiography and life-writing across cultures
  • Literary translation
  • Literature of exile and migration
  • Literary and cultural encounters between Europe, Asia and the Pacific
  • Multilingualism and poetics
  • Transnational popular culture
  • Critical theory and global literature

Duration

The PhD is expected to be completed in three or four full-time years, although it may be possible to complete on a part-time basis.

Admission

The usual requirement is a master's degree with Honours (First Class or Second Class, First Division) from the University of Auckland, or an approved equivalent qualification. You must also have demonstrated an ability to pursue doctoral level research. All candidates must submit a research proposal and obtain registration. 
 

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