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Humanities Research - Literature and Contested Spaces

24 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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This Humanities Research - Literature and Contested Spaces MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is designed to equip the next generation of humanities researchers with the tools to design innovative, imaginative research across disciplines. 


Novels, poems and plays shape our perceptions and affect our lived experience of spaces like nation, wilderness or the body. 

These spaces are contested in our current context, and have been for centuries. If you choose the Literature and Contested Spaces track, you’ll examine the roles that literary texts play in the representation and shaping of contested spaces. In your seminars, tutorials and individual research projects, you’ll explore how literary texts have played a role in forming our experience of such spaces. 

During your study Humanities Research - Literature and Contested Spaces MA programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you’ll pursue the ways in which literary representations interact with real or imagined spaces, geographies and ecosystems. You’ll focus on literature and three kinds of contested space: the (trans)national, the environment and the body.

The track is ideal for students who are keen to hone their critical thinking and research skills in this area; you’ll get the chance to pursue your research interests under the guidance of specialists in the field. Plus, the track’s involvement in environmental humanities makes it unique in the Netherlands.

Pursue an academic career

After graduating in the Humanities Research Master’s programme, you’ll be well placed to work as an independent researcher. You’ll have the skills needed to pursue a PhD within academia, and we’ll guide you in writing a research proposal for a PhD project. In recent years, many of our alumni have been awarded PhD grants in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Programme Structure

Literature and Contested Spaces courses
  • Place and Planet in the Anthropocene
  • Contested Spaces
  • The Diasporic Experience
  • Gothic Spaces
  • The Material Book

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

To be admitted to the programme, you should have:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in an academic degree related to your chosen specialisation.
  • a proficient level of academic English, 
  • proof of excellent study results: outstanding grade for your bachelor’s thesis (7.5 or higher), and an average of no less than 7.5 for a relevant selection of your bachelor’s programme (to be decided by the Admission Board). 
  • and clear motivation for doing academic research.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 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 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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