German Literature and Culture (MA)
Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.
Where do our graduates work?
Because of the extensive curriculum and specialisations, the career opportunities after completing the Literary Studies specialisation in German Literature and Culture are broad. Our graduates have landed jobs in various sectors of the job market, such as education, communication and marketing, government, media and consultancy. Examples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:
- Translator in the marketing field
- Language teacher
- Publishing assistant at a publishing house
- PhD candidate at various universities
The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA Literary Studies 2016-2020.
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
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.
Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career and check our career preparation activities.
The Master's programme in German Literature and Culture at Leiden University equips you with a range of transferable skills and knowledge that will help you stand out in your future career. Your specialised knowledge is complemented by a broad and contextual understanding as well as critical-thinking skills that can be applied to complex conceptual problems. Other skills you may encounter in the various Literary Studies courses are:
- Problem-solving skills
- Oral and written communication
- Creative thinking
You have the opportunity to do an internship at an organisation in the Netherlands or abroad. Internships are a great way to gain first-hand experience in your area of interest and deepen your expertise. Organisations that our students have interned at include:
- Royal Library The Hague, Koopman Collection
- Dutch Embassy in Paris
- Royal Brill Editions
Please note that you will need to find your own internship and have to follow an internship procedure for approval. Pursuing an internship may have consequences for the date of your graduation.
The Literary Studies Career Colloquium enables you to actively prepare your future career by providing you with information and inspiration. This programme, specially tailored for Literary Studies students, consists of a series of meetings over the year on your personal profile, academic and practical skills. It includes two career events where you can meet professionals and alumni, in order to clarify your personal career prospects and start building your network.
Our staff can help you identify both the career that is right for you, and the necessary steps to get you there. Our team at Humanities Career Service provide all Leiden University humanities students with professional advice and guidance on everything from internships and career planning to job applications. Humanities Career Service also organises regular workshops on topics such as effective interview skills and creating a successful CV.
The Humanities Career Service offers you various (online) workshops, webinars and info sessions. Check our overview of career activities.
The Leiden University Career Zone is an online career portal that helps you to prepare for the job market. Here you can find information, tools and tips to help you gain more personal insight, learn about the job market, develop your application skills, plan your academic and professional career, find job vacancies and discover what the Career Service can do for you.
Join the Mentor Network to contact alumni with experience on the labour market and ask them for advice. More than 1200 alumni are happy to help you!
Jelle on finding an internship via Leiden University's Mentor Network
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