Utrecht University

Comparative Literary Studies, M.A.

The Comparative Literary Studies programme from Utrecht University is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation.

About

Comparative Literary Studies involves the transnational study of literature from a theoretically informed perspective. The Utrecht programme is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation.

This Research Master’s programme from Utrecht University offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. As a student in this programme, you will learn to analyse the ways in which literature interacts with (and reflects on) its cultural and social environment against the background of globalisation and new media technologies.

A comparative approach

The ‘comparative’ approach characteristic for Utrecht is understood to involve comparison between literary phenomena along three principal axes:

  • transculturality (how does literature reflect and negotiate cultural differences and operate across national borders?)
  • mediality (how does literature work as a medium and relate to other forms of cultural and knowledge production? how are literary phenomena adapted to other media? )
  • memory (how do stories and cultural forms survive across generations and how are they transformed across time?)
  • After Graduation
    As a graduate of this programme, you will have:
    • Advanced knowledge of literary studies, particularly in the literary cultures of the modern period.
    • Thorough knowledge in a specialism within the field or at the interface with another field.
    • The academic skills to independently identify, formulate, analyse, and suggest possible solutions to theoretical and conceptual problems in the field of literary studies.
    • The academic skills to conduct original research in the field of literary studies.
    • The ability to communicate your literary research findings in a manner that meets the standards of this discipline.
    • The skills to apply your knowledge in a professional academic manner.
    • The qualifications to obtain a career as a literary researcher or to acquire a PhD position in this field.
    Academic career
    After successfully completing the Research Master’s programme in Comparative Literary Studies, you will be able to formulate a research proposal for a PhD project in your specialism within the field of literary studies.

    Accreditation

    Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

    Programme Structure

    Courses included:
    • Core Theories And Current Debates
    • Humanities Today
    • Thinking Literature: Creative Forms Of Knowledge
    • Cultural Memory And Citizenship
    • Literature Across Cultures: Transculturality And New Comparativism
    • Media Materialities
    • Distant Reading. Digital Tools And Textual Analysis
    • Masterclasses: Work In Progress
    For more information please visit the programme website.

    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.

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    • 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

    • You have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:
    • Familiarity with the academic study of culture, shown by the fact that you have taken 45 EC of relevant courses in your Bachelor, including at least 30 EC relating to literature.
    • Knowledge of the methods and theories applied in the study of culture in general, and literature in particular (as acquired in specific courses taken in your Bachelor).
    • 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.

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