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Literary Studies (research) (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University

What our graduates do

As a graduate of the master in Literary Studies (research), you are prepared for a career in fields including journalism, education, public relations, archiving or publishing and other media industries. Our graduates have also found roles in management positions within the cultural public domain, in libraries, and in the art trade, and you are in a strong position to enter a top PhD programme and a research-oriented career.

Some of the careers of our graduates include:

  • PhD candidate in English Literature at a European university
  • Trainee teacher at a secondary school
  • Assistant academic staff member at a Belgian university
  • Library staff member at a university library
  • PhD candidate at a British university
  • Account manager for books and literature at an antique store
  • PhD candidate at a Dutch university
  • Teaching coordinator at a Dutch university
  • PhD candidate at a Dutch university
  • Latin teacher at a secondary school

Rahel Schmitz

Graduated in Literary Studies (research Master)

Rahel Schmitz

“The Literary Studies Research Master’s at Leiden University provided me with the ideal means to explore my love for Gothic studies, foregrounding my focus on literary studies whilst not foreclosing my interest in other media such as film, television, and video games.”

Learn and discuss in an international environment “At the same time, the program taught me how to do independent, and interdisciplinary research in the field, and provided me with the opportunities to learn and discuss in an international environment. In short, the program prepared me for my current position as a PhD candidate with a full scholarship in Germany.”

Gothic studies “Equipped with the knowledge and skills acquired at Leiden University, I am hoping to advance the field of Gothic studies and make it available to students in the future.”

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the research programmes of the Faculty of Humanities

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 40.0 % Research
  • 17.0 % Education
  • 8.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 8.0 % Publishing and the book industry
  • 3.0 % Communication
  • 3.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 18.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 68.0 % found a job within two months
  • 79.0 % found their first job at academic level

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