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Comparative Literature (Literary Studies)

University of Amsterdam

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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Grounded in literary and cultural theory, the one-year Comparative Literature (Literary Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam trains you to analyse cultural objects (both Western and non-Western) within an interdisciplinary theoretical framework and a globalised context.

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Comparative Literature in the broadest sense

The Comparative Literature (Literary Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam is theoretical in character. You will learn to use methods such as textual analysis, deconstruction and close-reading to examine politically urgent matters in the fields of post/de-coloniality, global literacy, environmental humanities, cultural memory, race,  and gender. If you want to gain a better understanding of the dynamics between the literary and the political, this programme suits you.

After graduation

After graduation you are prepared for a career in any sector of cultural life, education, publishing, the arts, journalism, media, communications and civil service. If you want to pursue an academic career you can apply to a closely aligned research MA program within the first year (please note that this entails a new application).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bodies and the Posthuman
  • Cultural Memory and Trauma
  • Contested Realities: Debating the Novel
  • Shakespeare, Sexuality, and Adaptation
  • Politics of the Contemporary
  • Narrative and Globalization

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and an awareness of basic theoretical notions in critical theory, cultural studies, philosophy or literary theory. Bachelor's degrees in language and literature and in philosophy will in most cases provide that basis.
  • English language requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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