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    BA Comparative Literature, Queen Mary transfer queries
    I'm nearly at the end of my first year of Queen Mary's Comparative Literature course and I'm worried I may have made the wrong decision in coming here. The course is interesting and mostly well-taught, if a little disorganised, I'm just concerned for my career opportunities post-university. I made a conscious decision to come to Queen Mary, having gotten into Royal Holloway, Kings College, Goldsmiths and Kingston, as I was impressed by the campus; I also made a conscious decision to study CompLit - at all the other universities I applied for, I chose English Literature.

    Basically, I'm concerned I may have made the wrong decision; Kings is a more reputable university, and English Literature is (presumably) a more recognised degree. If I'm to go about transferring, I really ought to start looking into it now, so any advice you might have to offer me would be appreciated. I was also wondering whether there was an inter-collegiate mode of transfer as (besides Kingston) all my other choices are part of the University of London.

    Thanks!
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    I've applied to Queen Mary for Comparative Literature and Film Studies and am thinking about firming. I hope you don't mind me asking, but what is it exactly that has made you worry about the lack of career opportunities it will lead to? Like, I'm mainly going to uni to study a subject I love, and I really like the sound of the course so I'm not TOO focussed on career opportunities, but obviously it's a bit of a concern if it seems like the course leads you nowhere! Sorry, I know this is meant to be me advising you, but I'm struggling to make my final uni decisions and any advice or info would be muchly appreciated!
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    Well, I'd imagine that Comparative Literature would be similar to English in terms of career prospects - I just worry that as a lesser known discipline, it might be seen slightly less enthusiastically by employers. If you are considering it at Queen Mary however, and if you're anything like me, you'll really enjoy it. It's a young department and consequently can be slightly confused and disorganised, but it's an interesting course if you throw yourself into it. My main concerns would be that (unlike English Literature) a sizeable portion of the classroom are people either doing a joint degree with little interest in literature, or little knowledge of terminology and analysis, or just people who just aren't that smart... I sound arrogant, but it can be painfully annoying to have lecturers/seminar tutors compromise their methods to accommodate people uninterested or unfocused. This is just my experience of course, and if you choose to go, you might have a hugely different set of peers.

    Bar that however, the course is really interesting and I imagine the crossover with film would be a compelling one. Hope that's of some help.
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    (Original post by goldengrayd)
    BA Comparative Literature, Queen Mary transfer queries
    I'm nearly at the end of my first year of Queen Mary's Comparative Literature course and I'm worried I may have made the wrong decision in coming here. The course is interesting and mostly well-taught, if a little disorganised, I'm just concerned for my career opportunities post-university. I made a conscious decision to come to Queen Mary, having gotten into Royal Holloway, Kings College, Goldsmiths and Kingston, as I was impressed by the campus; I also made a conscious decision to study CompLit - at all the other universities I applied for, I chose English Literature.

    Basically, I'm concerned I may have made the wrong decision; Kings is a more reputable university, and English Literature is (presumably) a more recognised degree. If I'm to go about transferring, I really ought to start looking into it now, so any advice you might have to offer me would be appreciated. I was also wondering whether there was an inter-collegiate mode of transfer as (besides Kingston) all my other choices are part of the University of London.

    Thanks!
    Hello coursemate :awesome:
    Disorganised is an understatement....I know what you mean, I think some parts of this course are a joke (one module in particular springs to mind).
    I, too wanted to transfer and applied way before Christmas....I think the deadline for transfers passed a long time ago, unfortunately but I guess there is no harm in contacting some unis to ask if you could switch to second year, or start first year again.
    I decided not to transfer in the end; modules for next year look much, much better.
    Contact your adviser? Although if you have the same one as me...he wont be much help
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    What are the modules for next year do you know? My adviser's a she and it worries me that two staff-member's in the CompLit department are equally incompetent. Dang.
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    (Original post by goldengrayd)
    What are the modules for next year do you know? My adviser's a she and it worries me that two staff-member's in the CompLit department are equally incompetent. Dang.
    Ummm look in the module directory? I have a paper copy here but im sure there will be one online. Tbh, I can't really remember what the Comp Lit modules are next year (apart from a Scene of Teaching continuation....Scene of Reading....yay :| ). I'm a joint honours student so my modules in my other department swayed my choice to stay.
    My advisor is Manning. :sigh:
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    Yeah, thank you! That is actually a massive help. My gut feeling from the offset has been to go to Queen Mary, but I got an offer for Film and Literature from Warwick, and because I have gained the impression from various people that it's more prestigious, I've sort of felt pressured towards going there. But the course at QM does seem really like my kind of thing, although I can imagine how having people on the course who aren't really bothered would get really irritating. I have the same problem in my Film Studies A2 class at the moment. But that's to the extreme of one girl, after watching Schindler's List, asking what the Holocaust was! But if I can handle that and still love the class, then hopefully I'll be okay with whatever is thrown at me uni in that respect

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do, anyway!
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    (Original post by mairec)
    Yeah, thank you! That is actually a massive help. My gut feeling from the offset has been to go to Queen Mary, but I got an offer for Film and Literature from Warwick, and because I have gained the impression from various people that it's more prestigious, I've sort of felt pressured towards going there. But the course at QM does seem really like my kind of thing, although I can imagine how having people on the course who aren't really bothered would get really irritating. I have the same problem in my Film Studies A2 class at the moment. But that's to the extreme of one girl, after watching Schindler's List, asking what the Holocaust was! But if I can handle that and still love the class, then hopefully I'll be okay with whatever is thrown at me uni in that respect

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do, anyway!
    I wouldn't worry about people not being intelligent enough, or being bothered; as I haven't found this to be the case. My seminar groups are lively and everyone is interested in the subject and can talk about the texts with great intelligence. I guess it's just luck of the draw to who you are with

    I, personally, love the course. If you are looking for a varied and more modern literature course, then QMUL is for you. I love the fact that we can study a wide range of texts in translation and a load of different mediums (would link perfectly with your Film course), yet still have the theory and the structure of a English degree.

    Don't worry about prestige; I got uni offers from Durham, Edinburgh and UCL (''better'' uni's then QMUL) yet declined them all because this course is what I wanted to do. In reality, prestige means nothing.
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    I wouldn't say prestige meant 'nothing'; it's definitely secondary to enjoyment, but in reality, how many employers are going to ask you about how much you enjoyed the course? (And actually employ you because of your answer!)

    Mairec, if you think you'd enjoy a slightly less conservative approach to literature, with interesting theoretical references to cross-mediality (which would be perfect for the Film course you're planning on taking, as Scout mentioned) and history, then Queen Mary's CompLit course is definitely up your street and I'm sure you'll do well in it. I think that Scout's seminar classes and how wildly they differ to mine just go to show how subjective the whole experience actually is.

    But this is my problem. While I enjoy the course, I feel that my gripes with it would be addressed by perhaps doing a different course somewhere else. I'm not sure about you Scout, but I've been really gripped by the whole ongoing debate about what exactly constitutes Comparative Literature as a discipline and it's differences with straight English Literature; this might prove a problem if I was to perhaps transfer to an English course. I also loathe the location of Queen Mary. I have friends studying at Kings and I very often find myself envious of them; the formality, organisation, and (dare I say it?) reputation of the university is very appealing to me at the moment.

    Another example of the sheer disparity of opinion is that I actually really enjoy Dr Manning's lectures (!) - he's one of the few lecturer's that I feel doesn't compromise himself to suit the often quite resistant members of my classes. His poetry is nice too, if you haven't read it.
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    Also, without meaning to sound argumentative, I don't understand quite how you can "love" the course while also having attempted to transfer. I enjoy certain aspects of it, but could never say I "love"-ed it. EDIT: I just re-read what you said about the other course you're studying. I don't have another subject to sway my decision the other way unfortunately...

    I'm not sure if it's of any help, but I'd ideally like to pursue lecturing and research as a career. The university isn't hugely recognised and I'm not sure the course is either, I'm also partly concerned that this might hinder my chances. The most irritating part about this is that I only begin to act on these quite important life decisions at 1 in the morning 7 months into the course!
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    Well, I don't quite know what to say, really. Like you said, Comp Lit is a new discipline and not really recognised at all yet but, QMUL isn't as bad as you make out: we have a fantastic English/Arts/Linguistic departments and our graduate prospects are strong. We may not attend the most recognised university around but are we really that different from the likes of Kings etc? No.

    This is where we differ; I'm not necessarily looking for career prospects from this degree, and I think you would be silly to. Hell, I know people that have graduated from top universities with 2:1s in straight English Literature, and years down the line they still weren't able to find a decent graduate job. Even Manning said - 'If you think this degree will help you find a job, then you're wrong'. I'm doing this course as it's something I enjoy, I wouldn't be wasting 4 years of my life if that wasn't the case.

    If you do want to go into lecturing, then I suggest doing a undergrad that you are passionate about (whether that's comp lit, or not) and then going on to specialise later on at post grad. If you do well here, you'll be able to get into ''better'' uni's later on. If you really aren't enjoying the course here, and dislike the location, then is it worth carrying on? I fear that you may have missed the deadline for transfers but I would suggest contacting uni's/departments ASAP to see what they can do
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    I'm sure I'll be fine. Perhaps I just need time to consider my options. A decent grade from Queen Mary may well open up post-graduate options that I hadn't formerly considered, and I suppose when one considers the career I'm looking to go into, that matters slightly more.

    The location is bearable when one considers our proximity to central London. I just find that it's a strange place to study, so close to so many fried chicken shops. I suppose also that my dislike of the location is perhaps informed by the students that live here... I just think that Queen Mary, as it's not a top-tier university, perhaps has a certain gravitas that attracts less focused or interested people. I'm not a recluse by any means, but I do enjoy working and reading; a difficult prospect when the student village is overrun with screaming young people, drunkenly singing 'Wonderwall' for the 6th time that night. Then again, I don't suppose this is anything exclusive to Queen Mary, and may just be cynical rambling on my part.

    I'd like not to think that Comparative Literature isn't really recognised at all, just because it's so closely related to English. Then again, I doubt that matters so much if I do pursue lecturing in the future.

    Thanks anyways. I hope you find something to like about Manning and the other lecturers!
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    Hi! I find this really interesting as I too felt exactly the same as you when I first started at QM. I have just finished my second year at QM studying English with Linguistics. During my first year I was actually quite depressed as, although I loved the course, I felt like QM was not as prestigious as other London uni's and that my degree was a "waste of time" in terms of job prospects. I toyed with the idea of transferring to King's or UCL but left in too late. I decided to stay at QM and actually am now really happy with my decision. Second year flew by, the course was interesting and I have made some great, intelligent friends!!

    I also think that it is a common misconception that QM is not as presitiogious as some uni's. Check Wikipedia for glowing reviews!! Also the Englsih and Linguistics departments are the top in the country and given that QM has such a high graduate employemnt and starting salary rate, I don't think it can be the case that employers won't recognise the university. I've also got some really good internships since being here so QM is definitely not "stigmatised."

    I agree that the area is less than inspiring but I've got used to it. Plus, Oxford Street is only 15 mins away, come in! I come from one of the wealthiest boroughs in London and my parents friends are very complementary about QM so I honestly think that there is no reason to think that going to King's will improve your employability prospects.

    Hope this helps! I advise you to keep going with the course, you will feel more positive next year I'm sure
 
 
 
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