M.A. Literary Studies

Leiden University

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: December (non-EEA: October). Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
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Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 60 ECTS
  • 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:

In this one-year programme - taught in French - you will learn not only how to read and understand Francophone cultures and literatures, but gain insight into the value of the underlying discourses, and develop your ability to place these in the proper context. It is fairly unique that in the literature lectures all periods of French literature are covered. The monodisciplinary character of the programme guarantees that you will acquire a high level of specific knowledge of the French language, literature and culture.

English Literature and Culture:

Since English is a world language, you will not only read works from the more traditional canons of British and American literature, but also from such diverse regions as the Caribbean, South-Africa and India. Students are offered a range of seminar options. These courses include topics related to American writing, and to both Early Modern and Modern texts in English. The courses cover a variety of themes, from 'popular' culture (fantasy, horror) to reception of the classics, from Milton and Shakespeare to Anglo-American films. You also have the option to focus on Philology - the study of medieval and early-modern texts and text media set against their cultural-historical background.

German Literature and Culture:

The department's research is particularly strong in the fields of modern literature and cultural studies. Consequently, this one-year programme has a strong focus on the intercultural perspective. You will study literary texts based on the connection they have with other forms of discourse, such as public debates. You will also look at the way in which those texts are representations of constructions of identity, reflections on the past, political discourse and so on. The German-taught programme is run jointly by Leiden University's Department of German, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Utrecht and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and you will be able to take advantage of a broad range of specialised courses.

Italian Literature and Culture:

This one-year programme is taught in Italian and offers advanced studies in all areas of Italian literature. The close co-operation between three universities (Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht) ensures you will have access to a broad range of courses.


Knowledge minimum

Previous education

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

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

Additional language requirements:

  • 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


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