Utrecht University

Literature Today, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15167
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
Do you wonder how a literary work becomes a classic or bestseller in the Digital Age? Would you like to learn about the steps taken between publishing a manuscript and the media reviews, talk shows, or blogs in which the work is discussed? Then this Literature Today Master's programme at Utrecht University might be for you.

About

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s Literaturev programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands.

In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated Utrecht University’s Literature programme as the best programme.

Literature today continues to inspire as a laboratory of ideas, dreams, and narratives, even while facing new challenges. Novels, poems, and short stories now reach their audiences through printed books, e-books, and audiobooks, and through the Internet. Literary texts, including the classics, are being adapted to games and TV dramas, yet a growing numbers of visitors to book fairs shows that literature itself remains a powerful medium.

In the Master’s programme Literature Today, you will learn to identify and critically evaluate the most recent national and international developments in literature, and to situate these from a historical perspective. You will be equipped with the tools to identify and explain the quality of literary works in times of increasing commercialisation. You will learn how literature circulates within the market as part of a creative industry sustained by centuries-old tradition, and you will investigate from theoretical and practical angles how to help to spread literature, explain it to a broader public, and translate academic insights for the reading public.

Critical reflection, building up a repertoire, the consolidation of writing skills, and an understanding of how literary institutions operate in an era of globalisation are central to your studies during this programme. You can also complete an internship with publishing houses, media corporations, libraries, literary foundations, or cultural institutions – the job market and professional field for which this Master’s programme prepares you.

After graduation

As a graduate of the Master in Literature Today at Utrecht University, you will be trained to critically engage with the challenges that confront literature in our globalised, digitalised, and commercialised world. The programme content approaches these challenges from both a theoretical and practical perspective so that you will be fully prepared for the job market.

During your studies, the programme will:

  • Provide you with knowledge about the sociocultural contexts in which literature is created, distributed, and read.
  • Teach you to critically reflect on contemporary issues concerning the field of literature.
  • Train your analytical and writing skills so that you will be able to translate academic knowledge to a broad public.
  • Allow you to profile yourself as an expert in literature from a specific language area.
Career prospects

During your studies, you will become acquainted with different literary institutions that operate in the field of literature and culture. After finishing the programme, you can use the academic and practical skills acquired during your year of study and begin working at one of these institutions.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Track 1: english and comparative literature
  • The world, the text and the critic (compulsory)
  • Cultural crossovers in literature: circulation, translation, reception
  • Critical writing
  • Rewarding literature
  • Publishing: from manuscript to classic (compulsory)
  • The heritage industry
  • Ma thesis literature today (english and comparitive literature)
  • Internship literature today
Track 2: dutch literature
  • The world, the text and the critic (compulsory)
  • Literature: between the local and the global
  • The writer as critic: literary criticism in the 21st century
  • Trends in dutch literature: history as present
  • Case study dutch literature: das magazin
  • Publishing: from manuscript to classic (compulsory)
  • Ma thesis literature today (dutch literature)
  • Internship literature today
Track 3A: french literature (modern literature in european languages)
  • The world, the text and the critic (compulsory)
  • Texts and cultures
  • The writer as critic: literary criticism in the 21st century
  • Critical writing
  • Literature: between the local and the global
  • Cultural crossovers in literature: circulation, translation, reception
  • Contemporary french literature
  • Publishing: from manuscript to classic (compulsory)
  • Ma thesis literature today (modern literature french, german, italian, spanish)
  • Internship literature today
Track 3B: german literature (modern literature in european languages)
  • The world, the text and the critic (compulsory)
  • Culture and identity in the german context
  • The writer as critic: literary criticism in the 21st century
  • Critical writing
  • Literature: between the local and the global
  • Cultural crossovers in literature: circulation, translation, reception
  • Contemporary german literature
  • Publishing: from manuscript to classic (compulsory)
  • Ma thesis literature today (modern literature french, german, italian, spanish)
  • Internship literature today
Track 3C: hispanic literature (modern literature in european languages)
  • The world, the text and the critic (compulsory)
  • Cultural encounters
  • The writer as critic: literary criticism in the 21st century
  • Critical writing
  • Literature: between the local and the global
  • Cultural crossovers in literature: circulation, translation, reception
  • Present-day hispanic literature
  • Publishing: from manuscript to classic (compulsory)
  • Ma thesis literature today (modern literature french, german, italian, spanish)
  • Internship literature today
Track 3D: italian literature - (modern literature in european languages)
  • The world, the text and the critic (compulsory)
  • Italian travel literature
  • The writer as critic: literary criticism in the 21st century
  • Critical writing
  • Literature: between the local and the global
  • Cultural crossovers in literature: circulation, translation, reception
  • Views on national and world wars in contemporary italian literature
  • Publishing: from manuscript to classic (compulsory)
  • Ma thesis literature today (modern literature french, german, italian, spanish)
  • Internship literature today

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Language Requirements:
  • For track 1, this means a good command of English
  • For track 2, a good command of Dutch and English
  • For track 3a, a good command of French and English (Dutch optional)
  • For track 3b, a good command of German and English (Dutch optional)
  • For track 3c, a good command of Spanish language and English (Dutch optional)
  • For track 3d, a good command of Italian language and English (Dutch optional)
You have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstratethe following knowledge, insight, and skills:
  • You are able to interpret and apply complex theories in the field of Literary Studies, as demonstrated by at least 30 EC of completed courses and a 7.5 EC Bachelor’s thesis that focused on literary theory and/or (European) literary history, from either a comparative or a language-specific perspective. At least 15 EC of coursework should be at an advanced Bachelor’s level.
  • You are able to design, perform, analyze, and report on scientific research in the field of Literary Studies (Comparative, Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, or equivalent), as demonstrated by a Bachelor’s thesis in one of these areas.
Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.