Master in Literary Studies (research)

The focal point of this programme is the interrelation between literature and social change. Fiction matters because it shapes the way we view the world, other people, and ourselves. It is through fantasy that we can begin to change reality. In this programme, you will learn to analyse the form, language and material aspects of texts as carriers of cultural, ethical, religious, scientific and political systems of meaning. You will learn to design research that combines perspectives from literature studies and literary history with other disciplines, such as cultural and (post)colonial history, environmental and digital humanities, global history and visual culture.

The programme in a nutshell


As a student of Literary Studies you will participate in:

  • 3 Core Courses, on environmental humanities, countercultures, and postcolonialism
  • 2 Research Design courses that help you develop your thesis project and design a PhD project
  • Lectures of the Graduate School of the Humanities

In addition, together with an individual supervisor, you will draw up your own academic trajectory, based on courses and tutorials at VU, national research school seminars, and an internship or a research stay abroad.

Your future career

The MPhil degree will enable you to work as an independent researcher. In the academic world, both at home and abroad, the research master’s degree is seen as a possible step towards a PhD. Yet you could also find a position in journalism, publishing, or in other cultural institutions, government agencies, or NGO’s that aim to impact society partly through culture.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 26, 2018
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