Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory (MA)
To be eligible for Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.
Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances
The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year.
For this master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2020. The following additional conditions apply:
- You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice.
- You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest.
This option does not apply for students from non-EER countries or students from applied universities.
For this master’s programme, this means that you will be allowed to complete your premaster programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and start with your master’s programme on 1 September 2020. You will have to complete your pre-master programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest. The following additional condition applies:
- For admission to the master’s you should have no more than 15 EC unfinished credits from your pre-master’s programme. If a BA-thesis is part of your premaster, you should have finished the BA thesis before the start of the Master programme.
Enrol in and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):
- Fill in this form before 15 June.
- Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
- Request admission in uSis before 15 June
- Re-enrol for the bachelor’s programme before 1 September for a maximum of one month.
Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.
If you have any questions about admission and enrolment, please use the online contact form to contact the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.
The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:
- A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university (in the specialisation) in Film and Literary Studies: Literary Studies
- Holders of a comparable bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or who can demonstrate that they meet the requirements for such a degree, may also be granted admission.
- Completed the pre-master's / bridging programme. Read more here.
You should possess:
- knowledge of the foundations of comparative literature and literary theory;
- analytical skills to produce adequate close readings of literary texts.
In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:
- IELTS: 7.0 ( for the ‘writing’ and ‘reading’ components a minimum score of 7.0)
- TOEFL: 100 (for the ‘writing’ and ‘reading’ components a minimum score of 25)
- C2 or C1: 185
For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.
Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.