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Literature, Culture and Society (Literary Studies)

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Literature, Culture and Society (Literary Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam has a unique focus on the ways in which contemporary literature, culture, and society are interlinked and inform and influence each other.


You can specialise in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Scandinavian, Slavic, or Spanish studies, thus significantly enhancing your language skills as well as your expertise in literary and cultural analysis to prepare you for professions in cultural industries or education, among others. For students interested in Modern Greek literature, culture, and society, the English language specialisation programme offers the possibility to follow a course in this area.

Literature and culture from a global European perspective

The aim of the Literature, Culture and Society (Literary Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam is for you to become an expert at analysing and querying how literature and culture respond to wider socio-political issues, and how, on the other hand, society may be affected and impacted by literary and cultural products. You will develop key skills in researching and writing about literary studies, specifically in reporting on the dynamics of the interplay and interface between literature and society. You will take courses in your target language and significantly improve your language skills while enhancing your expertise regarding a particular language region.


The specialisations of the Master's programme Literature, Culture and Society prepare students for a broad range of professions.

The Job Market

Graduates of this programme will have gained a valuable foundation for a variety of professions. Students who graduate from the Literature, Culture and Society programme will have developed excellent writing and public speaking skills, and they are qualified for positions with analytical and communicative components. Graduates will be able to pursue a career in education (educational sector), communications, the civil service, embassies or (international) enterprises.

Previous graduates from the programme have entered the following professions, among others: Producers at cultural institutions; Teacher training and teaching; Editor & Production Assistant at TV company; Editor in marketing company; Literary Agent; PhD Candidates; Communications & Marketing Advisor; Staff Trainer at airline; News desk at international cultural institute; Project Manager at creative agency; Project coordinator at public library.

An Academic Career

Graduates can also go on to do a PhD programme at the UvA, another Dutch university or a university abroad. When pursuing an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining the two-year Research Master’s in Literary Studies at the UvA.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contested Realities: Debating the Novel
  • Shakespeare, Sexuality, and Adaptation
  • Close Readings: Love and Madness
  • How Literature Shapes Society: Writing, Canon Formation, and (Post)National Identities
  • Crisis and Alternative Languages in Literature and Art: Greece, the Mediterranean and Beyond
  • Critical Approaches to Literature and Culture

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.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in: one of the languages you wish to specialise in or other Bachelor’s programmes in the Humanities, provided that you have completed at least 30 ECTS in the language you wish to specialise in and have written a thesis connected with your specialised language
  • 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.


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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