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Literary Studies (MA)

About the programme

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The master’s programme in Literary Studies offers five specializations or tracks. The tracks that focus on literature in a particular language cover a wide range of subjects, from medieval to 21st-century literature. The ‘Literature in Society’ track focuses on modern and contemporary literature and culture, with a focus on how works of literature engage with a broad spectrum of societal issues. You will have the opportunity to customise your programme by including electives from other specialiszations and master’s programmes, or by taking an internship or a course at a university abroad.

Programme structure

The master’s programme in Literary Studies is a one-year, full-time programme taught across two semesters. It consists of compulsory courses (depending on what specialisation you choose), elective courses, and an MA thesis.

For detailed information about the curriculum, please check the five specialisations.

The programme offers five specialisations:

The courses that you will follow depend on the specialisation of your choice. Generally, you will follow several core courses, elective courses and finally a Master's thesis.

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus of the specialisations of your interest. Please note that the programme in the Prospectus shows the content of the current academic year.

Full-time and part-time

All Literary Studies specialisations are offered both in full-time and part-time. Please note that the part-time study mode does not offer any evening classes.

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