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Italian Literature and Culture (MA)

This MA programme offers an excellent qualification in Italian literature and culture on an advanced level through lectures and seminars led by specialists in the field.

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Why study Italian Literature and Culture at Leiden University?

The master in Italian Literature and Culture at Leiden University offers a multifocal approach to the study of Italian literature. Students will be involved in ongoing research of the lecturers:

  • from the Middle Ages to the Early modern period. Examples of subjects: iconography in and around poetry, ethics in war literature, nature in narratives;
  • From Modern times up to the present day. Examples of approaches: literature is taught in combination with film or with journalism in 20th Century Italy.

In all courses students gain hands-on experience through active participation in activities and assignments (e.g. organizing a conference, creating a film set, inviting a lecturer, interviewing an author etc.).

MA students with a special interest in Italian literature can opt for an entire “Italian track” by choosing up to 4 Italian-language electives or specialization courses.

Curious about the Italian team, its lecturers and activities? Have a look at the department’s blog and YouTube Channel.

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Choose from a broad selection of Italian-language courses

This master's programme offers you a broad selection of Italian-language courses in the Netherlands. Leiden University is an international centre of expertise in the Humanities, which means that you learn from scholars at the leading edge of their fields.

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Italian Literature and Culture degree

Italian 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).

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
  • 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.

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