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German Literature and Culture (MA)

The master’s programme in German Literature and Culture at Leiden University offers the largest number of German-language master’s courses in the Netherlands and covers the fields of literary and cultural studies from the Middle Ages to the present.

Learn more about this master's programme by joining our Online Master's Experience in the week of 20-24 February. Or visit us for the On-campus Master's Experience on Friday 17 March. 

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Why study German literature and culture at Leiden University?

This German-language master offers an excellent qualification in German literature and culture. As all classes are taught in German, you will greatly improve your fluency in oral and written German. The programme explores topics including prose and poetry, film, politics, cultural memory and identity, gender and intertextuality, migration, religion, and the differences between East and West Germany.

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Customise your curriculum

You have the opportunity to design your curriculum according to your career goals or interests. You can choose to concentrate on German literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, or on courses related to medieval and early modern studies. By combining German literature or culture courses with a Masterlanguage course or German linguistics courses, you are also able to tailor your degree to match your interests.

Admission and Application

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Study at our German partner universities

The programme has been developed in close connection with our German partner universities including the Freie Universität Berlin, the Universität Bremen, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düssseldorf, Universität Leipzig, and Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster. You may choose to study some courses at these universities.

Find out more about the career prospects

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 36 Education
  • 14 Communication and marketing
  • 9 Government and semi-government organisations
  • 8 IT
  • 6 Financial institutions
  • 5 Publishing
  • 5 Media and journalism
  • 3 Research
  • 3 Consultancy
  • 3 Business services
  • 8 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA Literary Studies 2016-2020.

German literature and culture degree

German 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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