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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Languages, Literature & Culture

  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, some specialisations are offered part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    05 August 2019

The Leiden University Master's in Literary Studies offers separate one-year programmes in English, French, German, Italian literature and culture, as well as Literature in Society, Europe and Beyond.

Customise your degree

All courses are taught in the language of your specialisation. The Master's programmes in English, French, German and Italian literature cover the entire range of these literatures, from medieval to early modern, modern and contemporary.

You will benefit from courses given by experts in terms of the period (middle ages, early modern, modern, post-modern and post-colonial) but also in terms of rhetoric, semiotics, intermediality, inter-cultural history and other approaches current in Literary Studies.

Use the vast range of options to construct your personal programme. You may include a course in English, French, German or Italian linguistics. You may also include a course in the national Masterlanguage programme or go abroad to the country of your specialisation, for an internship or university courses.

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

The right location to study Literary Studies

Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities is consistently ranked among the top 30 Humanities faculties worldwide in the THE World University Ranking. At Leiden University, the oldest university in The Netherlands, you can access the best teaching staff, the latest research, and a wealth of resources found nowhere else in the world. With Leiden’s world famous collections of original manuscripts and periodicals, you have literature at your fingertips.


Career prospectives

Alumni of the MA in Literary Studies can be found employed in a wide variety of fields.

Our graduates work within public relations, journalism, in translation agencies, or as copywriters, correctors, education-centre directors, policy-makers in city counsels and ministries, cultural representatives, art editors for newspapers, and librarians or lectors at publishing houses. You will also be qualified to continue in academic research and could choose to apply for a PhD programme.

Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • Account executive at a communications agency
  • Journalist at a press company
  • Editorial secretary & editor at a publishing house
  • Policy officer at a ministry of education, culture and science
  • Teacher at a university of professional education
  • Project officer for subtitling at a company specialising in media translations
  • PhD researcher at a foreign university
  • Project manager at a translation and interpreting agency
  • Publishing assistant at a legal publishing house
  • Copywriter at a software and consultancy company
  • Content manager and communications advisor at a multinational accountancy firm.

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





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