MA Literary Studies (Research)

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Program Description

This two-year research master's integrates the study of media, art history and literary theory to bring you a unique and relevant qualification.

Customise your degree

Create your own specialised area of expertise within the interdisciplinary master's programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University. An expansive curriculum and flexible programme format give you the freedom to tailor your studies to reflect specific interests or career goals. Focus your studies on a medium, discipline, genre, or period of time. You will be able to study subjects and courses not available elsewhere.

Choose your research theme

The main research themes of the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, LUCAS, guide the themes of the courses offered. The themes are:

  • art, agency and rhetoric;
  • a global approach to texts, art and media;
  • and intermediality.

Join a centre of expertise

Taught by Leiden University's internationally-acclaimed Faculty of Humanities, this programme integrates the study of media, art history, literature and literary theory. At Leiden University, you are joining one of Europe's leading universities providing you with access to Leiden University's world-famous collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals.

Small classes and an individual approach

During the programme, you will develop outstanding academic skills and knowledge that incorporates global and comparative perspectives. Small classes ensure a high level of contact with your lecturers – many of whom are researchers at the leading edge of their fields.

Curriculum

The first semester starts with the seminar 'Cultural Theory for the 21st Century', which offers an overview of the theoretical approaches used in the programme. You also choose an interdisciplinary seminar, a disciplinary seminar, and a 5 ec course within one of the national research schools.

During your second semester you take the compulsory course 'Methodological Concepts in Art and Literature'. You also choose one interdisciplinary seminar, and one disciplinary seminar.

Your third semester involves a compulsory thesis seminar, research colloquium, and two elective seminars. These can be taken at another university or replaced with an internship at an affiliated department, museum, or cultural institution abroad.

During your fourth semester you write Research Master's thesis. You are also required to take a 5 ec course within one of the national research schools of your choice.

Admission and application

Do you want to apply for this master’s programme at Leiden University? Please check our admission and application information:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/master/literary-studies-research/admission-and-application

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national an ... Read More

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you. We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose! Read less
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