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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About English Literature and Culture at University of Groningen

Literary study is socially relevant: from the medieval to the modern, it maps the forces which divide and unite people. English is the global language of cultural exchange and experiment.

The themes of conflict and co-operation are at the coreof the Master's track in English Literature and Culture, aprogramme that allows students a broad choice from a range ofmodules drawing on the full historical and geographical sweep ofliteratures in English.

It is a key tenet of the track that the academic study ofEnglish literature can be used to reflect on the ways that people -as individuals and as groups - interact with one another, and thatit provides a catalyst for insight into contemporary socialdebates. Literature captures the separation and the solidarity ofits writers and audiences in a manner particular to itself: it is amultidisciplinary practice that is as various as the texts itstudies. The programme's core themes of conflict and co-operationare linked to sustainable society,a research priority of the university.

For more information see: Department of EnglishLanguage & Culture.

Literary study is socially relevant: from the medieval to the modern, it maps the forces which divide and unite people. English is the global language of cultural exchange and experiment.

The themes of conflict and co-operation are at the coreof the Master's track in English Literature and Culture, aprogramme that allows students a broad choice from a range ofmodules drawing on the full historical and geographical sweep ofliteratures in English.

It is a key tenet of the track that the academic study ofEnglish literature can be used to reflect on the ways that people -as individuals and as groups - interact with one another, and thatit provides a catalyst for insight into contemporary socialdebates. Literature captures the separation and the solidarity ofits writers and audiences in a manner particular to itself: it is amultidisciplinary practice that is as various as the texts itstudies. The programme's core themes of conflict and co-operationare linked to sustainable society,a research priority of the university.

For more information see: Department of EnglishLanguage & Culture.

After your studies

Job prospects

An Master's track in English is a well-recognised postgraduatequalification in a market where having a good BA is no longerenough. Graduates go on to work in a variety of fields includingthe following:

  • publishing
  • teaching
  • research
  • translation
  • journalism
  • administrative jobs
  • cultural industries

Some jobs are related to English literature (publishing)while other opportunities arise from skills integral to the course.The most obvious of these is the ability to use English, a facilitythat is as prized in countries where it is the native language asit is in places where it is a medium for commerce. Whether theystudy Beowulf or Virginia Woolf, our MA students hone theiranalytical and interpretative skills and work on expressing complexideas clearly in writing and in oral presentations. They work ontexts from other places or times and so engage with cultures otherthat their own, developing flexibility in habits of mind necessaryin a globalised environment. Finally, graduates have written athesis, thereby demonstrating their ability to manage their timeand to work independently, two vital skills for responsible jobs.Regardless of where you go to work, the first thing you will haveto do is to persuade an employer that you are right for a job. Jobsdon't simply attach themselves naturally to the holders of aparticular degree - they need to be won, and the skills imparted in the study of our Master's track provide graduates with the toolsthey need to do this.

A Master's track in English is a well-recognised postgraduatequalification in a market where having a good BA is no longerenough. Graduates go on to work in a variety of fields includingthe following:

  • publishing
  • teaching
  • research
  • translation
  • journalism
  • administrative jobs
  • cultural industries

Some jobs are related to English literature (publishing) whileother opportunities arise from skills integral to the course. Themost obvious of these is the ability to use English, a facilitythat is as prized in countries where it is the native language asit is in places where it is a medium for commerce. Whether theystudy Beowulf or Virginia Woolf, our MA students hone theiranalytical and interpretative skills and work on expressing complexideas clearly in writing and in oral presentations. They work ontexts from other places or times and so engage with cultures otherthat their own, developing flexibility in habits of mind necessaryin a globalised environment. Finally, graduates have written athesis, thereby demonstrating their ability to manage their timeand to work independently, two vital skills for responsible jobs.Regardless of where you go to work, the first thing you will haveto do is to persuade an employer that you are right for a job. Jobsdon't simply attach themselves naturally to the holders of aparticular degree - they need to be won, and the skills imparted in the study of our Master's track provide graduates with the toolsthey need to do this.

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Study options for this course

  • 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

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Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Your BA should show that you possess our minimum languagerequirements of any of the following: TOEFL iBT 110 (min. of 25 onwriting skills); IELTS 8 (min. of 7.5 on all items); ERK level C1.If your BA does not certify this, you may have to take anappropriate language test.

previous education

A BA in the field of English Language, Literature and/orCulture.

other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Officeand the Admissions Board. Applicants with degrees that have asignificant amount of credits related to English literatures andcultures may have the option of taking courses from thedepartment's BA degree to qualify for entry to this MA.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Your BA should show that you possess our minimum languagerequirements of any of the following: TOEFL iBT 110 (min. of 25 onwriting skills); IELTS 8 (min. of 7.5 on all items); ERK level C1.If your BA does not certify this, you may have to take anappropriate language test.

previous education

BA in the field of English Literature and/or Culture

other admission requirements

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies and the grades that you have obtained. This evaluation is carried out by our Admissions Officeand the Admissions Board. Applicants with degrees that have asignificant amount of credits related to English literatures andcultures may have the option of taking courses from thedepartment's BA degree to qualify for entry to this MA.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    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.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    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.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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