Literary Studies (research)

2 Jahre

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); 1 December (February intake) Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (S eptember intake); 15 October (February intake)

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Literary Studies (Research)

Create your own specialised area of expertise with in 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.

Curriculum and Overview

The two - year Master's in Literary Studies (Research) at Leiden University consists of core courses, interdisciplinary and disciplinary seminars, research seminars and an MA thesis.

The first semester starts with the seminar 'Cultural Theory for the 21st Century', which offers an overview of the theoretica l approaches used in the programme. You also choose an interdisciplinary seminar, a disciplinary seminar, and a 5 ec course within one of the national research schools.

During your second semester you take the compulsory course 'Methodological Concepts in Art and Literature'. You also choose o ne interdisciplinary seminar, and one disciplinary seminar.

Your third semester involves a compulsory thesis seminar, research colloquium, and two elective seminars. These can be taken at another university or replaced with an internship at an affiliated department, museum, or cultural institution abroad.

During your fourth semester you write Research Master's thesis. You are also required to take a 5 eccourse within one of the national research schools of your choice.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

As a graduate of the Master's in Literary Studies (Research), you are prepared for a career in a wide variety of fields including journalism, education, public relations, archiving or publishing and other media industries. Our graduates have also found roles in management positions within the cultural public domain, in libraries, and in the art trade. You are also in a strong position to enter a top PhD programme and a research - oriented career.

Some of the careers of our graduates include:

  • PhD candidate in English Literature at a European university
  • Trainee teacher at a secondary school *Assistant academic staff member at a Belgian university
  • Library staff member at a university library
  • PhD candidate at a British university
  • Account manager for books and l iterature at an antique store
  • PhD candidate at a Dutch university
  • Teaching coordinator at a Dutch university
  • PhD candidate at a Dutch university
  • Latin teacher at a secondary school

Do you want to apply for the master’s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step - by step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and critical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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