Literary and Cultural Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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This two-year, research-driven MA degree allows you to investigate the arts, their impact on society and life, and the vital role they play in cultural transformations on an advanced level. Through its unique multidisciplinary approach, the programme foregrounds intersections between different art forms and allows you to choose from historical, theoretical, as well as applied perspectives.


This Research MA hands you the intellectual tools to become a critical expert and shape tomorrow's cultural scenes.

The Research MA Literary and Cultural Studies profits from the multidisciplinary research carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG). To better reflect the breadth of disciplines involved, the track will be called Arts, Media, and Literary Studies from 2018/2019 onwards.

Job prospects

As a graduate of this track, you will have an analytical, critical and independent attitude towards the arts and culture. You will be well prepared for a research career in the areas of literature, arts and culture, both at universities and private research institutes.


NVAO (nl) until February 25, 2016

Programme Structure

  • Art and the Emotions: Theory and Practical Research
  • Research Seminar I 
  • Theory and Methods in the Arts 
  • LCS: Specialization 1 
  • Research Seminar II 
  • Research Seminar III 
  • Research Seminar IV 

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Full-time duration 24 months
            • Study intensity Full-time
            • Credits
              120 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score: 7

              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 (Grade C): 180

              The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

              Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

            • Minimum required score: 100

              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

            • Excellent academic record.
            • Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
            • Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

            Previous education

            BA degree in:

            • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
            • American Studies
            • Arts, Culture and Media
            • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
            • Middle Eastern Studies
            • other related fields

                Tuition Fee Per Year

                • EUR 11400 International
                • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


                Funding opportunities

                Several scholarships are available for international students who are motivated to study Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes, as well as for exchanges, short courses and research stays at our university.

                StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.