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Literary Studies: English Literature and Culture

Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary This one-year English Literature and Culture MA focuses on the interaction between literature and key political and social issues such as identity, migration, memory and the metropolis.
Course description Develop your knowledge of English literature and its many genres with the master in English Literature and Culture at Leiden University. Taught by Leiden University's acclaimed English literature faculty, this programme gives you access to world-class teaching and resources including Leiden University unique collection of manuscripts, books, periodicals and electronic media. An expansive curriculum spanning the Middle Ages to the present day gives you scope to pursue your personal area of interest. Choose from 'popular' culture to the classics; from Beowulf to Chaucer; Milton and Shakespeare to Anglo-American films. English-language literature from all around the world is included in this study, from the traditional canons of British and American literature to diverse world regions including the Caribbean, South-Africa and India. You also have the option to focus on Philology: the study of medieval and early-modern texts and text media in their cultural-historical context. * Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
Study subjects The Master's in English Literature and Culture programme spans two semesters. You have the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics and seminar options which vary from year to year.
Course objectives The aim of the Master's in English Literature and Culture programme is to introduce ambitious students to the concepts and academic approaches current in Literary Studies.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, research, research proposal, seminar, internship, tutorial, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Humanities
Information about the institution High-quality education, a broad choice of programmes and all complemented with personal support make Leiden University the perfect option for successfully taking your studies to the next level.


Admission requirements
  1. You should possess knowledge of and insight in English Literature and Culture, including: * knowledge of and insight in the connections with North American literature and culture; * knowledge of and insight in its development over the different periods (Middle Ages, Early Modern, and Modern); * analytical skills needed for specifically literary analysis; * a well-developed awareness of the relevant scholarly skills.
  2. A bachelor's degree from a Dutch research university (in the specialisation) English Language and Culture, European Languages and Cultures: English or Literature and Society: English
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C2
IELTS overall band 7
TOEFL internet based 100
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 15 Jun 2020 -
1 Feb 2021 1 Dec 2020 -
1 Sep 2021 15 Jun 2021 -
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
No tuition fees available.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.



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