The Master’s programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University
includes 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. It is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates literary studies, media studies, and theory.
Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/literary-studies-research/en/introduction
The main research themes of LUCAS, the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society, guide the themes of the courses offered. These are:
- art, agency and rhetoric
- a global approach to texts, art and media
Topics in Arts and Culture:
- Art and Material Culture of Asia
- Art of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
- Decorative Arts, Industrial Design and the Domestic Interior
- Modern and Contemporary Art, and World Art Studies
- Museums and Collections
Topics in Media Studies:
- Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
- Film and Photographic Studies
- Book and Digital Media Studies
- Journalism and New Media Studies
Topics in Literary Studies:
- English Literature
- German Literature
- French Literature
- Italian Literature
Why choose Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University?
- Benefit from the programme’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 programme, 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).
As a graduate of the Research Master’s in Literary Studies, you are prepared for a career in a wide variety of fields, for example within journalism, or as education-centre directors or librarians. Graduates also move into the fields of archiving, publishing and other media industries, while some can be found in management positions within the cultural public domain, in art trade, and in journalism and public relations. Furthermore, you have the very real possibility of moving into a research-oriented career.
Positions you could hold after your studies:
- Policy Officer at a university
- Desk Editor at SDU Publishers, a publisher of specialist information
- Consumer Marketing Manager at Philips
- Editorial Secretary & Editor at a publishing house
- Freelance copy editor
- PhD candidate at Leiden University
- Publishing Assistant at a publishing house
- Marketing Communications Writer at a telecoms company
How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission
For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships
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. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.