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English Literature and Culture (MA)

The one-year, English-taught master's programme in English Literature and Culture focuses on the interaction between literature and key political and social issues such as identity, migration, memory and the metropolis, but also between literature and the literary tradition, and literature and film.

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Why study English Literature and Culture at Leiden University?

Develop your knowledge of English literature and its many genres with the master's in English Literature and Culture at Leiden University. Taught by Leiden University's acclaimed English literature faculty, this programme gives you access to excellent teaching and resources including Leiden University’s unique collection of manuscripts, books, periodicals and electronic media.

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Focus on your area of interest

An expansive curriculum spanning the Middle Ages to the present day gives you scope to pursue your personal area of interest. Choose from ‘popular’ culture to the classics; from Beowulf to Chaucer; Milton and Shakespeare to James Joyce and Anglo-American films. Besides reading works from the traditional canons of British and American literature, you can also focus on speculative fiction, the Gothic, and Hollywood film.

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Worldwide English literature and Philology

English-language literature from all around the world is included in this study, from the traditional canons of British and American literature to diverse world regions including the Caribbean, South-Africa and India. A special feature of the Leiden programme is the option to focus on Philology: the study of medieval texts (Old and Middle English) and text media in their cultural-historical contexts.

Customised education

Design your own curriculum according to your career goals or interests. Concentrate on English-language literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, or on courses related to medieval or early modern literature. Hone your language skills or prepare for the Educational Master. You can also choose to combine English literature courses with Masterlanguage and English linguistics courses. 

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 48 Education
  • 13 Communication and marketing
  • 9 Financial institutions
  • 4 Business services
  • 4 IT
  • 4 Publishing
  • 4 Media and journalism
  • 4 Government and semi government
  • 4 Wholesale and retail
  • 6 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA English Literature and Culture 2016-2020.

English Literature and Culture degree

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

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