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German Literature and Culture (MA)

About the programme

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Programme structure

The master's programme in German Literature and Culture offers a wide range of topics both literary and cultural, from which you may freely tailor your individual programme. This specialisation consists of four 10 EC courses or equivalent and an MA thesis (20 EC):

  • Courses 1 and 2: Any two courses from the German Literature and Culture programme;
  • Course 3: Any course offered from the German Literature and Culture programme or any other course within the MA Literary Studies;
  • Course 4: Any course offered from the German Literature and Culture programme or any other course within the MA Literary Studies, a course on a literary subject taught in another MA, a course offered within the MA Linguistics: German Language and Linguistics, or a course offered via Masterlanguage.

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

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

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

Once you have decided upon your area of specialisation you are required to follow a number of additional courses, and are free to choose from courses offered at our German partner universities. Your master’s thesis will be completed under the guidance of a supervisor at Leiden University.

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.

Anthonya Visser

Professor of German Language and Literature

Anthonya Visser

“Literary Studies at Leiden University is unique primarily because of its interdisciplinary nature. Students are invited to choose their own specialisation, such as an approach to a specific issue or a particular topic.”

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  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 scientific research and develop this data into a master's thesis.

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?

Check the entry requirements

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