Literary Studies

MasterLiterary Studies

In the Master's specialisation Literary Studies you will learn how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of literary texts and how they function within society.

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Something for you?

  • A strong focus on textual scholarship and methods of literary analysis and interpretation
  • Extensive freedom to design a large part of your curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary courses
  • Individual supervision of your development as specialist in your field
  • A thorough preparation for PhD research, including the writing of a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project
  • Strong encouragement to go abroad for at least a semester
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission requirements

What will you learn

The Master’s in Literary Studies will teach you how to approach historical and contemporary literary texts from a theoretical perspective, as well as how to examine the current societal significance of literature. By the end of the programme, you will be able to discuss literary texts and scholarly approaches with other researchers at the highest academic level.

To fully understand literature, you need to broaden your scope. You will gain insight into methods and theories in both literary studies and the humanities in general. You will become familiar with a wide range of literary cultures, critical approaches and theoretical debates. You will develop and share approaches to literature with fellow students who have different linguistic backgrounds. This will enhance your own research. In order to further expand your horizons as a literary scholar, you will spend a semester conducting research and taking courses abroad.

Curriculum and courses

Future career opportunities

This programme is primarily intended to prepare its students for an academic career, in particular as PhD researchers. About half of our graduates find such a position in the Netherlands or abroad. The other half also do well and often find academic research-oriented positions.

After your studies


All research done by students of the Master’s in Literary Studies will be supervised by a researcher at the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH) in Nijmegen. The central theme of RICH research is 'Europe in a changing world'.  Read here about the research.


Questions about this programme?

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.