Research course

Literary Studies (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Arts
MA by research

Entry requirements

  1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Literary Studies or related area
    You can be admitted to this specialisation if you have a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies or a related area such as in Greek and Latin languages and cultures, Dutch, Romance languages (Spanish or French), English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, American Studies or any other language. Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0.
  2. Proficiency in English
    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.
  3. Strong motivation
    You have to be able to demonstrate your motivation for and affinity with international academic research. A selection committee will review evaluate the motivation of each applicant separately.
  4. Letter of recommendation

    We also ask that your BA thesis supervisor (or other relevant teacher) sends us a letter of recommendation by e-mail.

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether you prefer ancient Greek dramas, medieval Dutch poetry, contemporary American literature, or are more interested in general literary theory, this Master’s is suited to students wishing to contribute to textual research. The Master’s in Literary Studies will teach you how to approach historical and contemporary texts from an international perspective, as well as how to examine the current societal significance of literature. By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to discuss literary texts and scholarly approaches with other scholars at the highest academic level. This programme strongly encourages you to go abroad for at least a semester. Students can use our connections to other universities (IRUN network) and research institutes to find a place that meet their academic interests.

Europe and its worlds

The programme welcomes students with interest in all fields of literary studies, but our own research primarily focuses on Europe and ‘its worlds’, including the ways Europe interacts with and differs from the rest of the world. All of our research is performed in collaboration with scientists from other fields within the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS).

What will you learn?

  • Gain insight into methods and theories in both literary studies and the humanities in general and become familiar with a wide range of literary traditions, critical approaches and theoretical debates.
  • Focus on textual scholarship and methods of literary interpretation from different historical periods
  • Expand your knowledge in different topics in humanities
  • Get experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research projects

Career prospects

Many graduates from this programme choose to pursue a career in academia, but graduates can also find work in a variety of positions:

  • Researcher at a cultural or scientific organisation or research centre
  • Assistant of a senior researcher
  • Teacher at an institution for higher education
  • Policy-making official in the fields of culture and science
  • Editor in the field of historical or cultural scholarship
  • Staff member of a publishing company or text agency, usually with regard to scientific, historical or cultural journals
  • Curator of a cultural heritage institution or museum
  • Consultant for a political party
  • Journalist or critic

This is a specialisation of the Master's in Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies.

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 13,728
International students
EU € 2,530 Non EU € 13,728

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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