Welcome to English and Comparative Literature

My name is Jacob Blakesley, Director of Comparative Literature. We are thrilled that you are joining us. Below you’ll find information about your School induction. Please also take a look at the university For Students page.

Owing to the changes to studying at Leeds this year, the University has also created an institutional resource dedicated to welcoming all new students that will be sent to you in your welcome email.

Induction Week

Before induction week, you will:

  • Receive a welcome e-mail from the School

  • Get a full induction timetable of what is happening, and when

During induction week, you will:

  • Meet key academics (remotely) and student representatives as well as attend essential online induction lectures

  • Have the opportunity to put yourself forward as a student rep for your cohort

  • Have time to peruse the Leeds University Union's Freshers Fair, where you can sample and join a whole host of societies

Registration, IT access and Minerva

To access Minerva (the Virtual Learning Environment full of useful info and links for your modules), you will need to register and get a University username.

International Students

For information about the University of Leeds international student welcome and orientation programme see the For Students website.

The Plus Programme

The Plus Programme is an extra support scheme available to students who have entered the University through specific access routes or meet certain criteria. For more information, please visit the Plus Programme website.

Studying at Leeds

Independent learning

We will help you develop into a fully fledged independent scholar, through a mixture of exciting lectures, seminars, group and project work. You will explore both English literature, culture, and history as well as other literatures, cultures, and histories. The richness of the module offerings and staff expertise will give you a wide panorama on global cultures. This collaborative process will guide and support you in your own, individual and independent approach to study. Whatever path you choose you will be encouraged to produce original work through your own reflection, preparation, and research.

In your Final year, you will produce a Final Year Project (FYP), a substantial piece of independent research, on a topic of your choice, with an appropriate supervisor from either LCS or the School of English. The FYP is a wonderful chance for you to develop your personal interest in a particular subject, and might even lead you to continue your studies at Master’s level.


On Minerva, which you can access once you’re registered, you’ll find details on all the modules you are enrolled in.

Making the Grade

All our modules have clear learning outcomes, and we design them so that you can achieve them. You can find the learning outcomes and criteria in the module documentation on Minerva.

In English & Comparative Literature, you will carry out traditional assessments as well as highly innovative ones. So, not only will you write commentaries and essays, but also create group anthologies in your level two module Global circulation of Literature. You will have the opportunity to have both formative and summative feedback. We look forward to helping you succeed.

Research-led teaching

English & Comparative Literature gives you the best of both worlds: expertise from two different schools, and the freedom to choose many of your modules from either school. Many modules are team-taught (since as MODL 1150 and MODL 2070), which means that you have lecturers with different research interests, critical methodologies, and specialisms. For more information about the research interests of staff in Comparative Literature, see this list. We have specialists in numerous literary traditions, from Greek and Latin to Arabic, Chinese and Japanese to French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. Yet we cover more broadly cultures and societies in these languages as well, including specialists in translation and interpreting. For the English side of things, please check out the School of English staff page.

Discovery Modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a Discovery Module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Study Abroad

One of the highlights of your degree can be studying abroad. Check out the For Students website for more information. You can convert your 3-year degree into a 4-year study abroad degree by spending an additional year overseas, before returning to Leeds to complete your final year of study. You can spend this year in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. We will be discussing this during Induction week.

Work Placement

In year three, you can also choose a work placement, instead of studying abroad. You can apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas. Check out the Careers Centre website for more information.

Contact Us

Please contact Dr. Jacob Blakesley, Director of Comparative Literature, if you have any queries. I look very forward to watching you progress successfully throughout your program!