12 months
16630 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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Rooted in our university's tradition of studying the relations between word and image, the Literary Studies MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the dynamics of literature and visual culture. 


The courses at the Literary Studies MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are closely linked to the current research of staff members, so that students are involved in cutting-edge developments. You are encouraged to explore your own interests, culminating in an individual research project when you write your Master’s thesis in the second semester.

A story is hardly ever told only in words: nineteenth-century novels were often illustrated, and contemporary fiction is marketed by its cover image. But the relation between word and image extends beyond illustrations. The same story can be told both in a novel and in a film – or even multiple films, think of Pride and Prejudice.

The graphic novel has grown out of its superhero phase and now deals with issues such as the Holocaust in Maus. The computer game Resident Evil has spawned as many as seven novels. The analysis of literature is therefore inseparably connected to knowledge of visual culture. 

Career Prospects 

  • Each year, our graduates choose from a range of different career paths. Some become high school teachers; others work in translation, editing, and/or subtitling.
  • We have organizers of literary festivals; people who work in the publishing industry; and researchers both within academia (writing a Ph.D. dissertation) and for cultural institutions, government agencies, or NGOs.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Place and Planet in the Anthropocene
  • Seminar The Material Book
  • From Novel to Film: Adaptation Studies
  • The Graphic Novel
  • Reading Images: A Semiotic Approach to Cultural Analysis
  • The Diasporic Experience: Ethnic Cultures of America
  • Gothic Spaces

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




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 research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • The Master’s programme is intended for students with an academic Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture. It is also suitable for students with other Bachelor’s degrees in Humanities (e.g. History, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies) who also have a solid background (at least 30 credits) in English and American literature and culture.
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (ID only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education and a list of all the main literature.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16630 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16630 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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