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How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Literary Studies at University of Groningen

Are you interested in the study of literature? Investigate our tracks to see the courses we offer.

The one-year Master's degree in Literary Studies offers threetracks and you should click on the links below to find out moredetailed information about each of them.
In the track in EuropeanLiteratures and Cultures you study the arts and literatureof Europe. You will explore subjects such as the impact ofglobalization on European literature; and the shifting of worldviews within European art. You will focus on the language andculture you studied as a Bachelor's student.
The track in EnglishLiterature and Culture explores English literary classics andnew works of English literature in their cultural context. As astudent of this programme, you can draw from the full historicaland geographical sweep of literatures in the Englishlanguage.
In the Writing,Editing and Mediating track you focus on all aspectsof writing, editing and publishing. You will improve your Englishwriting and editing skills. In addition, you will learn to helpothers in their writing process. The track is meant for graduateswith a near-native command of the English language.

Read more about the departmentof European Languages and Cultures.

Read more about the departmentof English Language and Culture

Ben je geïnteresseerd in literatuur en cultuur? Dan zit je goed bij dit programma.

Binnen de eenjarige masteropleiding Letterkunde kun je kiezenuit de volgende drie tracks.
In de track EuropeanLiteratures and Cultures doe je kritisch onderzoek naarkunst en literatuur in Europa. Je krijgt college van docenten metverschillende expertises, waardoor je je kennis en inzichtverbreedt en verdiept. Je richt je specifiek op de taal en cultuurdie je hebt bestudeerd in je bachelor.
In de track EnglishLiterature and Culture bestudeer je Engelse literaireklassiekers en nieuwe Engelse literatuur en hun culturele context.Je kunt kiezen uit werken uit de hele historische en geografischereikwijdte van de Engelse literatuur.
In de track Writing,Editing and Mediating richt je je op alle aspecten vanschrijven, redigeren en publiceren. Je leert vaardigheden zoalspubliekgericht schrijven en het corrigeren van geschreven Engels.Het programma is bedoeld voor studenten die de Engelse taalvloeiend spreken en schrijven.

Lees hier meer over de afdelingEuropese talen en culturen.

Lees hier meer over de afdelingEnglish Language and Culture

After your studies

Job prospects

Your possibilities depend on your track. You might work as atranslator, journalist or writer. You could also find a job in thefield of education, research or publishing. Other options arefunctions at cultural organizations and government institutes.

Afhankelijk van de track die je gevolgd hebt kun je werken alsvertaler, journalist of schrijver. Ook kun je terecht in hetonderwijs, in het onderzoek of bij uitgeverijen. Daarnaast heb jemogelijkheden bij culturele organisaties enoverheidsinstellingen.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course


€ 2060 per year


€ 11500 per year

Entry requirements

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language test

European Literatures and Cultures: Minimum language requirementsof TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5(with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1).Writing, Editing and Mediating / English Literature and Culture:Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of25 on all items), or IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 on allitems). Minimum ERK level C1.

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    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

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    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

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