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The Master's programme Literature and Culture caters to students whose interests and academic backgrounds are in literary studies and European culture in the broad sense.
The programme offers students the opportunity to pursue specialised study of a major European literature, e.g.: English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic or Spanish literature; Comparative Literature. Furthermore, the programme also gives participating students the opportunity to explore the interrelations of literature with other kinds of cultural objects, such as films, digital media and the visual arts. In the Master's programme Literature and Culture, the term 'European' refers to the European-influenced globe as opposed to just merely a designated continent. This can be seen in the programme courses, which frequently engage with the cultures of regions such as the French Maghreb, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada and the United States. Although students follow one of the specialised trajectories, it is also possible to combine courses from two or more other specialisations, and thereby carry out comparative research projects. For example, student can opt for the literature of a specific language area and combine this with courses in Literary Studies.
The specialisation in Comparative Literature comprises 60 ECTS credits:
42 credits of courses
18 credits for a Masters thesis
The subjects of the courses can be divided into three main areas:
* Cultural Studies
The thesis report on research is carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s).
Upon successful completion of the Comparative Literature specialisation, students receive a Master of Arts (MA) diploma in Literary Studies.
Students who show exceptional promise are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research programme. Once students are admitted to the Research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.
The Research masters in Cultural Analysis and Literary Studies are strongly linked to the specialisation Comparative Literature.
Previous education: The Masters in Literature and Culture is open to all students with a
- Bachelors diploma in the languages from the UvA or another Dutch university, or a
- recognised equivalent from another accredited university in the language he/she wishes to specialise in with a focus on literature.
The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Written request: Aanmelden voor dit programma kan via de website van de Graduate School of Humanities (
Previous education: The Masters in Literature and Culture is open to all students with a - Bachelors diploma in the languages from the UvA or another Dutch university, or a - recognised equivalent from another accredited university in the language he/she wishes to specialise in with a focus on literature. The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Written request: Students can apply from 1 December until 1 April by filling out the digital application form and uploading the necessary documents via the website of the Graduate School of Humanities (
Additional language requirements: * Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: A2
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B1
* IELTS overall band: 7
* IELTS listening: 7
* IELTS reading: 7
* IELTS writing: 7
* IELTS speaking: 7
* TOEFL internet based: 100
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|TOEFL iBT® test:||100|
Scholarships / Grants:
The University of Amsterdam:The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a MastFor additional information: Website
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
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