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Literary Studies - English Literature in a Visual Culture

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Literary Studies - English Literature in a Visual Culture MA programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is taught entirely in English and focuses on the dynamics between literature and visual culture. 


The Literary Studies - English Literature in a Visual Culture programme offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam helps you become familiar with current developments in the field. 

Stories are rarely told using words alone. For instance, 19th century novels were often illustrated, and contemporary fiction is marketed using its cover image. But the relationship between word and image extends beyond the use of one-dimensional illustrations.

The same story can now be told both in a novel and in a film—or even in multiple films, such as with Pride and Prejudice. The graphic novel has grown out of its superheroes-only phase and currently deals with issues such as the Holocaust in Maus. And the video game Resident Evil has spawned as many as seven novels. The analysis of literature is therefore inseparable from visual culture. 

Entering the job market

As a Literary Studies graduate, you can work in the broad literary-cultural field. Possible positions include: 

  • editor at a publishing house 
  • consultant for a cultural-literary programme
  • journalist at a newspaper or magazine
  • literary specialist at a library 
  • organiser of a literary festival
  • communications officer at a governmental or non-governmental cultural institution

Programme Structure

  • The content of the courses is linked as much as possible to the scientific research of the lecturers. 

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

  • Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme 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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