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English Literature and Culture (MA)

About the programme

Learn the newest insights from established scholars.

The master's programme in English Literature and Culture spans two semesters.

You have the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics and seminar options, some of which are taught on a yearly basis (such as Milton, and James Joyce’s Ulysses), and some of which vary from year to year.

In the past we have offered courses on 'Chaucer’s Dream Poetry', 'Religious Struggles in Early Modern Literature', 'British Fantasy Fiction', 'J.M. Coetzee', 'Voices and Visions of Multicultural America' and 'Heroes and Heroines of Faith: Saints in Anglo-Saxon England'.

In order to broaden your horizon, you may choose one course among the many courses offered by other specialisations of the master in Literary Studies or by the master’s programme in North American Studies.

The English Literature and Culture master’s programme consists of four courses and an MA thesis:

  • Courses 1 and 2: Any two courses from the English Literature and Culture programme
  • Course 3: Any course offered from the English Literature and Culture programme or  any other course within the MA Literary Studies (German, French, Italian, Literature & Society).
  • Course 4: Any course offered from the English Literature and Culture programme or any other course within the MA Literary Studies, a course on a literary subject taught in another master’s programme (for example, North American Studies), a course offered within the master’s programme in Linguistics: English Language and Linguistics, or a course offered via Masterlanguage.

The courses offered for Philology can be combined with linguistics courses in earlier stages of the language, such as Old and Middle English, as offered by the English Language and Linguistics.

We also offer a combined programme of Literary Studies/English courses and Linguistics/English courses:

  • Two courses (20 EC): MA Literary Studies/English
  • Two courses (20 EC): MA Linguistics/English
  • MA thesis Literary Studies/English (20 EC)

This programme is particularly recommended if you plan to apply for the Educational Master offered by the ICLON afterwards.

  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study
  • Internship options
  • Thesis
  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays, reports
  • Oral presentations

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.

Research and academic rigour

All courses are taught by academics who are active researchers. Content is regularly updated to reflect contemporary academic debates and the very latest insights – many from the research conducted by lecturers on the programme. The academically-rigorous design of the programme aims to develop in you essential skills in reasoning and critical thinking. An important focus of this programme is teaching you how to independently conduct high-quality scientific research and develop this data into a master's thesis.

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Peter Liebregts

Professor of Modern Literatures in English

Peter Liebregts

"I'm passionate about the texts and topics I teach, and I hope that my enthusiasm conveys to students why the texts that we study in class are important to discuss."

Extensive feedback

"I help students to prepare for the job market by further sharpening their academic skills, that is, their ability to focus for an extended period of time on a specific topic and deal with its complexity, and to be able to report on this in the form of oral presentations or written essays. I provide extensive feedback on presentations and written work so students know how to improve and apply these skills."

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