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German Literature and Culture (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

With a master’s degree in German Literature and Culture you will have a broad-range of career options open to you. Our alumni have found employment in the fields of trade and export, in communication departments in (international) companies, as policy advisors and translators. For those who want to pursue a research-based or academic career you can choose to apply for a PhD position after your studies.

Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • PhD candidate at Freiburg University (Germany)
  • Consumer marketing manager at a multinational electronics company
  • Editorial secretary & editor at a publishing house
  • Publishing assistant at a publishing house
  • Policy advisor at a Dutch university
  • Foreign rights manager at a publishing house
  • Journalist at a press company
  • Translator in the marketing field
  • Policy officer at a public health organization

Teacher qualification

If you are interested in a career in teaching, you can apply for the Dutch-taught teacher-training MA at the ICLON Graduate School of Education after graduating from the master’s programme. To be admitted, you need to have a master’s degree in the  relevant discipline. Fluency in Dutch is mandatory, and additional entry requirements may apply.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in Literary Studies.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 40.0 % Education
  • 12.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 12.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 8.0 % Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation)
  • 8.0 % Business services
  • 8.0 % ICT
  • 12.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 88.0 % found a job within two months
  • 80.0 % found their first job at academic level

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