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MA Literary Studies (research)

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

literary studies research program

Earn an MA in Literary Studies through Leiden University's research program

The master’s program in literary studies is a research program focusing on the study of media, art history, literature and literary theory.

Since the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, the MA program employs a truly multidisciplinary approach to learning. It is unique in offering a 2-year program that integrates literary studies, media studies, and theory.

What you'll get

  • Benefit from the program’s intense collaboration with the MA in Media Studies and the MA in Literary Studies.
  • Acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.
  • Enjoy the research master’s flexible program, encouraging you to adopt a interdisciplinary perspective, while following courses within your ‘home discipline’ as well.
  • Focus on a medium, discipline or genre, or a period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary).

The main research themes of LUCAS, the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society, are: agency and rhetoric, a global approach to texts, art and media, & intermediality.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the General Academic Skills.
  • Affinity with and suitability for academic research, demonstrated by good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor’s program, and a grade for the bachelor’s thesis of an 8 or higher.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature/Literary Studies or in a specific language and culture (Dutch, English, French, etc.).
  • Sufficient command of French and German in order to be able to read texts (at least Common European Framework B1). Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE); for the ‘writing’ and ‘reading’ components a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 25 is required).

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts in Literary Studies (research)

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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