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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 covers a wide range of literary and cultural topics , from which you may freely tailor your individual programme. This specialization 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 in the German Literature and Culture programme; or any other course within the MA Literary Studies;
  • Course 4: Any course offered in the German Literature and Culture programme; or any other course within the MA Literary Studies; or a course on a literary subject taught in another MA; or a course offered within the MA Linguistics: German Language and Linguistics; or a course offered via Masterlanguage (please note that Masterlanguage courses are 5 or 6 EC instead of 10).

The Combined Literary Studies and Linguistics programme

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.

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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.

The study programme includes four courses and a Master's thesis. For a more detailed programme and an overview of all the possible electives, please check 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

“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.”

Is German Literature and Culture the programme for you?

Check the admission requirements to find out if you are eligible for this Master's programme. 

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