M.A. Literary Studies

Leiden University

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: December (non-EEA: October). Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,951 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: March  2015, September  2015, March  2016
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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This MA offers separate programmes in the literatures of English, French, German and Italian. In all cases it is possible to combine a disciplinary with an interdisciplinary approach.

The focus is on medieval, early modern and modern literature for English and French, on early modern literature for Italian and on modern literature for German. You will have the option to take an interdisciplinary approach, exploring for instance the relation between different media, between literature and philosophy, or between literature and history. The one-year programme is closely connected to the MA in Media Studies, the Comparative Literature and Literary Theory specialisation, and the MA in American Studies.


Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 0%
  • The percentage of foreign teachers: 0%
  • The percentage of students abroad: 0%
  • The percentage of teachers abroad: 0%

This programme has a workload of 60 ECTS.


French Literature and Culture:

This specialisation covers French literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, and includes the study of French culture.

English Literature and Culture:

This specialisation provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of a wide range of literary works and genres in English, from the Middle Ages to the present.

German Literature and Culture:

In this specialisation you will concentrate on German literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on an intercultural perspective.

Italian Literature and Culture:

In this specialisation you will develop your knowledge of comparative literary studies, with a focus on Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present day.


Previous education: BA degree in Literary Studies or in a specific language and culture or its equivalent, with a relevant specialisation and satisfactory marks.

Knowledge minimum: See website www.unileidenmasters.nl for details.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C2
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL computer based: 250
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100



Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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