Literary Studies: Literature and Culture, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    21010 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #59 (WUR) ,
The Master's programme Literature and Education explores language and literature from an acquisitional, pragmatic, and educational perspective. It provides students with knowledge and skills in the fields of institutional language learning and cultural education.


How does one 'teach' Literature?

The Master's programme Literature and Education responds to the need to broaden and improve our language skills and cultural literacies by offering a set of courses in which students achieve intercultural expertise in specific languages and literatures.

For centuries, literature has played – and continues to play – an important role in educational institutions as well as in our understanding of what it means to be educated: for centuries, literature – and cultural in general – has been associated with intellectual training and skills, Bildung, citizenship, and global citizenship. The programme Literature and Education focuses the practical and conceptual ties between literature and education by addressing questions such as: how does one ‘teach’ literature? What is it that literature teaches us?
The Masters’ programme Literature and Education has been set up for language students of the following languages and literatures:

  • English, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavonic, Spanish

Students are expected to have an interest in language and literacy learning, as well as literary and cultural education.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

The Master's programme Literature and Education comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 6 EC Literature core course: How Literature Shapes Society: Writing, Canon Formation, and (Post)National Identities
  • 12 EC Electives on the language or literature of the students’ choice
  • 12 EC Linguistics core course: Language in Use: Acquisition and Variation
  • 12 EC Educational courses: L2 in the Classroom; Cultural Literacies
  • 18 EC for a Master’s thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

The Master's in Literature and Education is open for application to all students with:

A University’s Bachelor’s degree

The Master's in Literature and Education is open for application to all students holding a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or from another accredited university in: 

  • German language and culture*
  • English language and culture* 
  • French language and culture* 
  • Italian language and culture* 
  • Dutch language and culture* 
  • Scandinavian languages and cultures*
  • Spanish language and culture* 
  • Slavonic languages and culture* 
  • European Studies* 
  • Other Bachelor’s programme in the Humanities** 

*   The Bachelor’s programme should contain at least 15 ECTS in Linguistics and 15 EC in Literature (or the relevant equivalent). 
** The candidate should have completed at least 30 ECTS in the language he/she wishes to specialise in as well as written a thesis in or about the specialisation language. 

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).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    21010 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21010 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1,000 - 1,500 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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