Literary Studies: Literature and Culture, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #55 (BCR) ,
In the Master’s in Literature and Education you will study foreign language and literature learning from an acquisitional, pragmatic and educational perspective, while specialising in one of seven major European languages or language families.


The Master's programme Literature and Education offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the study of language and literature learning. Drawing from research and practice, you will take courses in both linguistics and literature. The linguistic strand of the programme focuses on language use, language variation and (foreign) language learning and teaching, while the literary strand zeroes in on the practical and conceptual ties between literature and education, addressing questions such as: How does one ‘teach’ literature? What is it that literature teaches us? And what is the relationship between literature and social development and change?

With strong ties to the Graduate School of Child Development and Education’s post-master, the programme is designed for students aiming to work in language teaching and learning, both nationally and internationally. You will explore a number of features of foreign language and literature pedagogy and study the L2 classroom as a social setting. You will come to understand how theories of learning and teaching play out in real-world educational settings and how content and pedagogy are intertwined and best combined to create safe and effective learning environments for all students.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

In the core course for Linguistics, you will become familiar with the inherent variation in language among both native and non-native speakers as well as with the fundamental issues and approaches in studying this variation. You will also acquire in-depth insights into different mechanisms and stages of language acquisition. In the Literature course, you will explore the relevant debates on canon formation, national identity, literary heritage, world literature and globalisation.

The language-specific courses will elaborate on these topics from the perspective of the language involved, while the second semester will focus on the classroom, addressing the question: how do the theoretical issues raised during the first semester play out in school settings?

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.

    Book IELTS
  • 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 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

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.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 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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