Literary Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
The MA Literary Studies at Leiden University offers you a specialised qualification in one of four languages and cultures or a comparative perspective on literature and culture, with each programme offering considerable scope for individual customisation.



  • English Literature and Culture (MA)
  • French Literature and Culture (MA)
  • German Literature and Culture (MA)
  • Italian Literature and Culture (MA)
  • Literature in Society. Europe and Beyond (MA)

Customise your degree

We believe that freedom plays an important role in unlocking potential. The master’s programme in Literary Studies has a high degree of flexibility to enable you to tailor the programme to your particular interests. Your curriculum could include a single or combined major and electives from other specialisations – even other master’s programmes. You are also free to go abroad for  a specific university course or an internship in order to deepen or widen your focus.

Small classes and an individual approach

Academics from the renowned Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) teach the master’s programme in Literary Studies. This means that every class you attend is taught by scholars of international standing who are true experts in their fields. Small, interactive classes or one-on-one mentoring ensure you get the most from their expert guidance and advice. An important objective is to teach you the value of questioning: you will acquire a broad, investigative and critical approach to problem solving that can be applied to any challenge in any role.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

The master’s programme in Literary Studies offers five specialisations. The language specialisations offer a vast range of subject areas from Medieval to 21st century literature, whereas ‘Literature in Society’ focuses on modern and contemporary literature and culture. You will have the opportunity to customise your degree by including electives from other specialisations and master’s programmes, or by taking an internship or a course at a university abroad.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

    We invite motivated students from around the world to apply for the Master of Arts in Literary Studies. Admission requirements may vary per specialisation, please visit the specialisation of your interest to find out more about the entry requirements.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      16800 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      2060 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Leiden

    • 850 - 1250 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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