24 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Whether you like ancient Greek dramas, medieval Dutch poetry, American literature, or general literary theory, this Master’s specialisation Literary Studies (Research) at Radboud University is suited to students wishing to contribute to literary scholarships. The programme focuses on textual scholarship and methods of literary interpretation in studying historical and contemporary literary texts.

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Course overview

The Master's specialisation in Literary Studies focuses on textual scholarship and methods of literary interpretation in studying historical and contemporary literary texts. The programme draws broadly from the field of humanities in interpreting and researching literature.

This programme is closely connected to the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, meaning that you will work with and learn from experts in the field. You will also be paired with a personal tutor to help guide you in your research.

What will you learn?

  • Gain the skills to interpret historical and contemporary literary texts and understand the societal relevance of these texts

  • Get valuable research experience by designing, conducting and presenting your own research

  • Learn about a wide range of literary traditions, critical approaches and theoretical debates 

  • Gain English academic writing skills and practise writing a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project

Career prospects

Our research programme has produced graduates that are appreciated by employees for their research skills as well as their insightfulness and analytical skills, and who have not only learned how to delve into large quantity of data and master it but also how to place their results in a larger context.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories and Theoreticians in Humanities
  • Regionalism and Beyond: Literary Perspectives
  • Methods and Techniques in the Humanities
  • Contemporary Debates in Humanities
  • International Literary Research
  • Key Research in Literary Studies
  • Research Article
  • Research Proposal

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the Master`s specialisation also partly depends on an individual interview to be conducted with the candidate.
  • The Admission Board has the authority to impose additional admission requirements.
  • In principle, it is possible to gain admission to the Research Master's with qualifications other than those outlined on this page, subject to the discretion of the Admission Board. So, if you have a Bachelor's degree that is comparable in content and methodology, as well as meeting all of the other requirements, you may send a well-motivated request for admission to the admission officer.
  • Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You can be admitted to this specialisation if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Research University in Literary Studies or a related area such as Cultural Studies, Liberal Arts, Classic, Dutch, Spanish, French, English, German, Arabic, American Studies or any other language. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted.
  • Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0.
  • Strong motivation
  • Letter of reference
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

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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