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.
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:
About the School
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