Literary Studies

Master'sLiterary Studies (research)

In the Master's specialisation Literary Studies you will learn develop new insights 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
  • Individual supervision of your development as a specialist in your field
  • Opportunity to gain experience abroad for a semester
  • Unique combination of disciplinary and interdisciplinary components helping you to develop research skills and knowledge beyond one academic discipline.
  • A select and interdisciplinary cohort of peers.
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 or taking courses abroad.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

This Research Master’s prepares an international group of students for careers that require advanced research competences and skills. Alumni of this programme have found positions as PhD students, researchers, policy officers, editors, curators or critics at universities, museums, heritage institutions, archaeological agencies, publishing companies or text agencies.

Career prospects


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.


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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.