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The two-year Literary Studies (research) master at Leiden University integrates the study of media, art history and literary theory to bring you a unique and relevant qualification.

Customise your degree

Create your own specialised area of expertise within the unique and interdisciplinary Master's in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University.

Taught by Leiden University's internationally-acclaimed humanities faculty, this programme integrates the study of media, art history, literature and literary theory.

An expansive curriculum and flexible programme format give you the freedom to tailor your studies to reflect specific interests or career goals. Study subjects and courses not available elsewhere. Focus your studies on a medium, discipline, genre, or period in time.

At Leiden University, you are joining one of Europe's leading universities. Access Leiden University's world-famous collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals. Develop outstanding academic skills and knowledge that incorporates global and comparative perspectives.

The Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society guides the themes in the courses offered. Small classes ensure a high level of contact with your lecturers – many of whom are researchers at the leading edge of their fields.

* Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

Choose your research theme

The main research themes of the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, LUCAS, guide the themes of the courses offered. The themes are:

  • art, agency and rhetoric;
  • a global approach to texts, art and media;
  • and intermediality.

Join a centre of expertise

Taught by Leiden University's internationally-acclaimed Faculty of Humanities, this programme integrates the study of media, art history, literature and literary theory. At Leiden University, you are joining one of Europe's leading universities providing you with access to Leiden University's world-famous collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals.

Small classes and an individual approach

During the programme you will develop outstanding academic skills and knowledge that incorporates global and comparative perspectives. Small classes ensure a high level of contact with your lecturers – many of whom are researchers at the leading edge of their fields.


Visit the MA Literary Studies (research) page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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