University of Groningen

Are you interested in the study of literature? Investigate our tracks to see the courses we offer.

The one-year Master's degree in Literary Studies offers three tracks:

  • In the track in European Literatures and Cultures, you study the arts and literature of Europe. You will explore subjects such as the impact of globalization on European literature; and the shifting of worldviews within European art. You will focus on the language and culture you studied as a Bachelor's student.
  • The track in English Literature and Culture explores English literary classics and new works of English literature in their cultural context. As a student of this program, you can draw from the full historical and geographical sweep of literature in the English language.
  • In the Writing, Editing and Mediating track you focus on all aspects of writing, editing, and publishing. You will improve your English writing and editing skills. In addition, you will learn to help others in their writing process. The track is meant for graduates with a near-native command of the English language.

Program options

Writing, Editing and Mediating (WEM) (track)

What makes a text a good or captivating text? How do you recognize repetitions, inconsistencies, faulty logic and other problems in texts? What does it take to guide a text from writer to reader?

Working with texts in a professional setting involves a special set of skills. The Writing, Editing and Mediating Master's track (often abbreviated to WEM), offers students a choice of courses that focus on non-fiction writing for specific audiences, the history of texts in their various forms (from manuscript to digital book), proof-reading and correcting English texts, and producing texts for publication. Topics addressed include censorship, copyright, scholarly editions, critical theory and social issues in contemporary literature.

Students on the course typically have a BA in English or in an Anglophone culture (e.g. American Studies). Some students with other humanities qualifications and a sufficient level of academic English are accepted by the admissions board.

The one-year Master's track in Writing, Editing and Mediating (WEM) is a track within the Master's degree in Literary Studies and is run by the Department of English Language and Culture. It is taught and assessed wholly in English.

European Literatures and Cultures (track)

The Master's track in European Literatures and Cultures is located at the Department of European Languages and Cultures. This international, interdisciplinary and multilingual environment offers excellent opportunities for research and immerses them in vibrant networks of experts across different European countries and languages such as English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

The Master's track in European Literatures and Cultures provides you with academic skills and approaches that will prepare you to operate as a cultural expert wherever texts are involved: in the media, in institutions, and in networks.

Each course builds on a theoretical foundation, but at the same time trains your research skills and ability to communicate with a range of different audiences.

English Literature and Culture (track)

Literary study is socially relevant: from the medieval to the modern, it maps the forces which divide and unite people. English is the global language of cultural exchange and experiment.

The themes of conflict and co-operation are at the core of the Master's track in English Literature and Culture, a program that allows students a broad choice from a range of modules drawing on the full historical and geographical sweep of literature in English.

It is a key tenet of the track that the academic study of English literature can be used to reflect on the ways that people - as individuals and as groups - interact with one another and that it provides a catalyst for insight into contemporary social debates. Literature captures the separation and the solidarity of its writers and audiences in a manner particular to itself: it is a multidisciplinary practice that is as various as the texts it studies. The program's core themes of conflict and co-operation take their inspiration from a path in the Dutch National Research Agenda which was established by a coalition of academic and business organizations (including the Confederation of Netherlands Industry & Employers, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). It is also linked to a sustainable society, a research priority of the university.

MA Honours Programme (honors program)

The Master's Honours Programme is a 15ECTS interdisciplinary course especially for students who want to get more from their studies by focusing on their leadership skills.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test European Literatures and Cultures: Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1). Writing, Editing and Mediating / English Literature and Culture: Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on all items), or IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Minimum ERK level C1.

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 €2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 €12500 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

15 October 2019

01 May 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

Job prospects

Your possibilities depend on your track. You might work as a translator, journalist or writer. You could also find a job in the field of education, research or publishing. Other options are functions at cultural organizations and government institutes.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 5, 2019
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