Literary and Cultural Studies, M.A.

Literary and Cultural Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Are you curious, eager to learn and ready to shape the role of the arts and the media in society and culture? Then you are the right person for the Literary and Cultural Studies programme offered by the University of Groningen.


The Literary and Cultural Studies programme is offered by the University of Groningen.
Literary and Cultural Studies equips students with knowledge and skills to become researchers and experts on the role that the arts, literature and media play in society, now and in the past. The programme offers a rich multi- and interdisciplinary framework within which students can specialize in one of the following disciplines or combinations of disciplines, under close supervision of a highly qualified research faculty:

  • arts and culture education,
  • cognitive studies of arts, media and culture,
  • cultural studies,
  • digital humanities,
  • film studies,
  • history of art, architecture and landscape,
  • literary studies 
  • media and journalism studies,
  • music studies,
  • theatre and performance studies.


Programme Structure

Four consecutive courses, in which students develop their capacity for critical reflection and acquire in-depth knowledge of theories of arts, media and literature and of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, depending on the students' research orientation. 

A fifth common course, Arts and Media in Society, which allows students to explore one or more challenging hot issues regarding the arts and media in society, involving participants from across and beyond academia. 

Examples of such issues would be 'The arts, media and literature: practices of social exclusion or inclusion?', 'Trust and reliability in society, viewed through the arts, media and literature', or 'The mutual impact of technology and the arts, media and literature'.

In the second year a last common module allows students to train their skills in research design which will further prepare them for academic or other professional careers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • BA degree in: a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film and culture) ,American Studies, Arts, Culture and Media, Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film and culture), Middle Eastern Studies, other related fields.

  • Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

  • Excellent academic record.

  • English language requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11400 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 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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