Literature Today, M.A. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
12 months
18332 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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In the Literature Today programme at Utrecht University, you will learn to identify and critically evaluate the most recent national and international developments in literature, and to situate these from a historical perspective. You will be equipped with the tools to identify and explain the quality of literary works in times of increasing commercialisation.


Critical reflection, building up a repertoire, the consolidation of writing skills, and an understanding of how literary institutions operate in an era of globalisation are central to your studies during this programme. You can also complete an internship with publishing houses, media corporations, libraries, literary foundations, or cultural institutions – the job market and professional field for which this Master’s programme prepares you


You can choose from among the following tracks to tailor the programme to your interests and desired career path:

  • English and Comparative Literature (entirely in English)
  • Dutch Literature (in Dutch and English)
  • French Literature (Modern Literature in European Languages)
  • German Literature (Modern Literature in European Languages)
  • Hispanic Literature (Modern Literature in European Languages)

Career Prospects

During the Master’s  Literature Today programme at Utrecht University, you will get to know different literary institutions that operate in the field of literature and culture. After finishing this programme, you can use the academic and practical skills that you acquired during your year of study and begin working at one of these institutions. 

You will be an expert on literature today who can work at (inter)national publishing houses, cultural institutions – places like the British Council, the Flemish-Dutch cultural platform deBuren (Brussels), the cultural centre deBalie (Amsterdam), etc. – libraries, or bookshops, or in media, museums, theatres, or literary-cultural festivals. In a wider sense, you are prepared for a future career in the sectors of literature, culture, and communication.

The Master’s programme in Literature Today prepares students for a broad spectrum of occupations that require expertise in literature and literary institutions. These can be in the fields of editing and publishing, organisation and event management, journalism, education, archival and library services, or even research and research support.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The World, The Text And The Critic (Compulsory)
  • Cultural Crossovers In Literature: Circulation, Translation, Reception (Compulsory)
  • The Art Of Criticism
  • Rewarding Literature
  • Publishing: From Manuscript To Bestseller
  • The Heritage Industry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Masterlanguage Literature Today

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Literature Today if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You are able to interpret and apply complex theories in the field of Literary Studies, as demonstrated by at least 30 EC of completed courses and a 7.5 EC Bachelor’s thesis that focused on literary theory and/or (European) literary history, from either a comparative or a language-specific perspective.
  • You are able to design, perform, analyse, and report on scientific research in the field of Literary Studies (Comparative, Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, or equivalent), as demonstrated by a Bachelor’s thesis in one of these areas.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18332 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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