Research course (will run subject to approval)

Literary Studies

Leiden University · Humanities
MA by research

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements available at

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The Master’s programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University includes the study of media, art history, literature and literary theory, since the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework. It is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates literary studies, media studies, and art history and theory.

The Research Master’s in Literary Studies at Leiden University distinguishes itself from other MA programmes in the Netherlands by its intense collaboration with the MA programmes in Media Studiesand the Research Master’s in Arts and Culture this joint programme gives you the opportunity to acquire a valuable range of knowledge and skills, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.

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

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

The research master’s offers a flexible programme that encourages you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective, but also gives you considerable freedom to follow disciplinary courses within your ‘home discipline’. You can focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, and can opt for an interdisciplinary focus applied to a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern resp. Modern and Contemporary), or an approach that concentrates on a single discipline. All students follow compulsory joint theoretical and methodological courses which prepares them for an academic career, to apply for a PhD position, or to work in a cultural institution or department.

Topics in Literary Studies:

  • English Literature
  • German Literature
  • French Literature
  • Italian Literature

Topics in Media Studies:

  • Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
  • Film and Photographic Studies
  • Book and Digital Media Studies
  • Journalism and New Media Studies

Topics in Arts and Culture:

  • Architecture
  • Art and Material Culture of Asia
  • Art of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period
  • Decorative Arts, Industrial Design and the Domestic Interior
  • Modern and Contemporary Art, and World Art Studies
  • Museums and Collections

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 (2017-2018)
International students
€ 16,600 (2017-2018)

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

International Studyline Team