24 months
17500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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In the Comparative Literary Studies programme at Utrecht University we approach literature as a cultural medium from a comparative, theoretical perspective.  How do different cultures think about the present, remember the past, and imagine the future in and through literature? And how has literature itself been understood and theorised across historical periods and geographical boundaries?

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In the Comparative Literary Studies  programme at Utrecht University  you will have the opportunity to explore these and related questions. 

At Utrecht we focus on modern and contemporary literature from different language areas. What sets the Utrecht programme apart is a strong focus on literary and cultural history and memory, literary theory and criticism, and world literature.

As a student in this programme you will learn to analyse the ways in which literature interacts with (and reflects on) its cultural and social environment against the background of globalisation and new media technologies.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Comparative Literary Studies programme at Utrecht University are fully equipped to pursue a Phd in the international field of literary studies. Your training also makes you equipped to pursue alternative career paths requiring advanced skills in analysing and managing textual information or specific knowledge of literature in an international context (publishing, cultural and educational policy, heritage institutions). Graduates who have specialised in one language area may also find employment in international organisations.

After successfully completing the Research Master’s programme in Comparative Literary Studies, you will be able to formulate a research proposal for a PhD project in your specialism within the field of literary studies. Furthermore, you will have an overview of the place that your own research plan occupies in the context of international research in literary studies.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Theories And Current Debates
  • Humanities Today
  • Thinking Literature: Creative Forms Of Knowledge
  • Cultural Memory And Citizenship
  • Literature In The Postcolony: Transculturality And New Comparativism
  • Media Materialities
  • Distant Reading: Digital Tools And Textual Analysis
  • Masterclasses: Work In Progress

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Comparative Literary Studies if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • Familiarity with the academic study of culture, shown by the fact that you have taken 45 EC of relevant courses in your Bachelor, including at least 30 EC relating to literature.
  • Knowledge of the methods and theories applied in the study of culture in general, and literature in particular (as acquired in specific courses taken in your Bachelor).
  • An excellent level of academic achievement (as shown in your grades).
  • Intellectual curiosity and highly developed analytical skills (as demonstrated in your letter of motivation and writing sample).
  • Strong motivation to pursue further training in literary research from a comparative perspective (as demonstrated in your letter of motivation).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17500 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 Utrecht

900 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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