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Arts, Literature and Media (research) (MA)

This interdisciplinary research master offers the best of three worlds (arts, literature and media) through a program of well-designed courses, combining theoretical and historical training with free space for specialisation.

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Why study Arts, Literature and Media in Leiden?

You follow two collective courses that, first, train you to position yourself and your research in a multi-disciplinary field; second, to make your work speak so that it has a chance of being funded or published. Then you have to choose between two historically defined lines that work with different definitions of media. In the medieval and early modern line, art and literature work through media. Here, medium is the means by which art and literature are made (like the medium of language, print, theatre, paint, etching, andsoforth). In the contemporary line, from the 19th century until the present, art and literature get accompanied by media like cinema, games, or social media.

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A both coherent and flexible program

Your research connects to the medieval/early modern line or the contemporary line. In both you follow two obligatory thematic courses that combine interdisciplinary and historically marked research with medium-specificity. Because you have also followed the two collective courses, this leaves you with more than half of the program as a matter of choice. You need to pick two courses provided by the national research schools that organise specific fields of research: medieval studies, art history, literary studies, media studies, cultural analysis. Finally, three courses that are specific to your research can be picked at will from the Leiden master program or other universities (all major universities are within one hour distance).

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Future prospects

The program provides the basis for writing your research master thesis that forms the starting point for either a path in the academy or elsewhere. The program aims to prepare you well for both. During your studies you have acquired a valuable range of specific and transferable skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical, contemporary and theoretical.

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Arts, Literature and Media (research) degree

Arts, Literature and Media (research) at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a research master’s degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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