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Literary Studies (Research MA)

Course Description

Literature offers us opportunities to experience worlds beyond our own circumstances and situation. Literature is always larger than the interpretations it inspires in us and challenges us to meet the text by expanding our own frame of reference. In this programme literature is studied as a culturally and historically diverse field, as a historical praxis and as an historically shifting canon. In studying literature as an intercultural phenomenon, the course adopts a comparative point of view. The two-year Research Master's programme in Literary Studies offers a theoretically and historically informed survey of the diversity and diachronic complexity of literature.

Studying Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam

The programme benefits from the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) wide-ranging expertise in numerous European languages such as Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Finnish and Portuguese. It also draws from the UvA's strong interdisciplinary tradition in ‘area studies' and its tradition of integrated analysis of literary, cultural and historical processes, especially in the field of international relations.

Accreditation and degree

The quality of this master's programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited master's degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Master's programme should have at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in literary studies, European studies, language and culture or another relevant field. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree.Students with a relevant Dutch Master's degree, or an equivalent thereof, can apply for admission to the one-year programme. In this case, they should state that they are applying for the one-year in the study plan included with the application for admission. The admissions committee reviews applications for the one-year programme on a case-by-case basis.

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