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Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory (MA)

Career prospects

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

What our graduates do

Alumni of the master's programme in Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory are employed in a wide range of fields. Our graduates have taken roles within public relations, journalism, in translation agencies, or as copywriters, correctors, education-centre directors, policy makers in city councils and ministries, cultural representatives, art editors for newspapers, librarians or editors at publishing houses. You will also be qualified to continue in academic research and could apply for a PhD programme.

Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • Project manager at a translation agency
  • Content manager and web editor at a translation agency
  • Freelance writer and editor
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • Recruitment officer at a headhunting agency
  • Policy advisor at a Dutch university
  • Foreign rights manager at a publishing house
  • Journalist at a press company

Laura van Gelder

Graduated in Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory (MA Media Studies)

Laura van Gelder

"I’m on the writing team of satirical platform De Speld and I work as an international editor for Univers, the independent newspaper of Tilburg University. I write satire, news articles and background stories. On my day off, I work on my doctoral thesis as an external PhD student at Leiden University."

Curiosity is one of my strongest allies

"All three of my current ‘gigs’ require me to spend a lot of time reading and writing. If anything can prepare you for that, it’s a master’s track in comparative literature studies. But more importantly, my work requires an analytical mind. I’d say that curiosity is one of my strongest allies. I have to be able to interpret texts of different forms and contexts, and I have to be able to engage creatively with those texts. Studying literature helped develop my personality in a more analytical and inquisitive one, which I benefit from on a daily basis."

A strong foundation

"I chose this programme because I was interested in art, literature and philosophy. Having no formal training in these disciplines, it was quite a challenge for me at first to read the dense philosophical writings of thinkers like Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler. But I genuinely enjoyed the reading sessions, the discussions, and the essay-writing. I developed a particular interest in concepts of cultural memory and collective identity, which became the focus of my master’s thesis, and, later, of my PhD thesis. The master’s programme has been instrumental in kindling my interest in the field of memory studies, and provided me with a strong foundation which I continue to build on today - in more ways than one."

Joost Damen

Graduated in Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory (MA Media Studies)

Joost Damen

“I cherish the things I've learned in this master’s; the various concepts and methods I've been taught here have helped me to better understand literature, arts and culture. In addition, they have been of great help to me in recent forays into critical economics and philosophy. And lastly, the programme has brought me friends from around the world!”

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 Media Studies.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 22.0 % Publishing and the book industry
  • 12.0 % Research
  • 11.0 % Education
  • 11.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 9.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 35.0 % Miscellaneous

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • 49.0 % Writing, editing and translation
  • 25.0 % Research
  • 25.0 % Informing and communication
  • 21.0 % Advising
  • 21.0 % Archiving, organising and administering

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 62.0 % found a job within two months
  • 84.0 % found their first job at academic level

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