Literary Studies


The Leiden University Master’s in Literary Studies offers separate one-year programmes in English, French, German and Italian literature and culture. If you have a bachelor’s degree in one of these subjects, this master’s is an excellent way of deepening and broadening your knowledge of the literature and culture of your specialisation, thus becoming a true specialist.

Reasons to choose Literary Studies at Leiden University:

  • All courses are taught in the language of your specialisation.
  • The Master’s programmes in English, French, German and Italian literature cover the entire range of these literatures, from medieval to early modern, modern and contemporary.
  • You will benefit from courses given by experts in terms of the period (middle ages, early modern, modern, post-modern and post-colonial) but also in terms of rhetoric, semiotics, intermediality, inter-cultural history and other approaches current in Literary Studies.
  • You will gain an understanding of the methodological approaches, which you will learn to use in researching and analysing source material for your papers and final thesis.
  • You can use of the vast range of options to construct your personal programme. You may include a course in English, French, German or Italian linguistics. You may also include a course in the national Masterlanguage programme or go abroad to the country of your specialisation, for an internship or university courses.

Educational Master’s

A Master’s in Literary Studies (French, German or English) is the most direct way of qualifying for the Educational Master’s website (one year). If you are interested, check out the careerpages at the website of the specialisation of your choice.

Master details

  • Degree Master of Arts in Literary Studies
  • Mode of study Full-time, some specialisations are offered part-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60813

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