M.A. On Campus

English Literature and Culture

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The one-year English Literature and Culture MA programme at Leiden University focuses on the interaction between literature and key political and social issues such as identity, migration, memory and the metropolis, but also between literature and the literary tradition, and literature and film.


Taught by Leiden University's acclaimed English literature faculty, this programme gives you access to excellent teaching and resources including Leiden University’s unique collection of manuscripts, books, periodicals and electronic media.

An expansive curriculum spanning the Middle Ages to the present day gives you scope to pursue your personal area of interest. Choose from ‘popular’ culture to the classics; from Beowulf to Chaucer; Milton and Shakespeare to James Joyce and Anglo-American films. Besides reading works from the traditional canons of British and American literature, you can also focus on speculative fiction, the Gothic, and Hollywood film.

English-language literature from all around the world is included in this study, from the traditional canons of British and American literature to diverse world regions including the Caribbean, South-Africa and India.

You also have the option to focus on Philology: the study of medieval and early-modern texts and text media in their cultural-historical context.

The English Literature and Culture MA programme at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

The master in English Literature and Culture prepares you for a wide range of positions. Some of the positions of our alumni include:
  • Account executive at a communications agency
  • Policy officer at The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • English teacher at a university of professional education
  • English teacher at a secondary school
  • Junior information specialist at an association of civil-law notaries
  • Project officer for subtitling at a company specialising in media translations
  • PhD researcher at a foreign university
  • Project manager at a translation and interpreting agency
  • Publishing assistant at a legal publishing house
  • Copywriter at a software and consultancy company
  • Content manager and communications advisor at a multinational accountancy firm

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • European Modernism
  • The Comic Spirit: Shakespeare's Comedies and Classic Film Comedy
  • Magic and Medicine in Early Medieval England: Charms, Cures and Curses
  • Shakespeare's Sister: Gender Troubles in the Early Modern Period
  • The Epic Course: A Pre-Modern Genre in the Modern Digital Realm
  • Migration Matters: (Im)migration, Memory, and Identity in American Literature and Film
  • James Joyce’s Ulysses
  • Speculative Fiction: The Weird, the Dark and the Wonderful
  • Literature and Reconciliation
  • American Comics Against the Code: Autobiography and Journalism in Graphic Novels

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university (in the specialisation) English Language and Culture, European Languages and Cultures: English or Literature and Society: English  
  • Holders of a comparable bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or who can demonstrate that they meet the requirements for such a degree, may also be granted admission.
  • Completed the pre-master's/ bridging programme

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 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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