After graduation

After graduating in Literary Studies, you can choose to enter the labour market or continue your studies. On this page, we have listed a number of possibilities for you.

What can you do with a degree in Literary Studies?

Earning this degree will show that you have academic work and thinking skills. This will enable you to pursue a wide range of options after graduation. As a literary scholar, you can, for instance, work as a literary critic, as an editor with a publisher or in education. You can also conduct academic research or organise cultural activities.

Continuing education after graduating Literary Studies

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Unlike in professional programmes, at university you are often not trained for a specific profession. By obtaining a university degree, you show that you have an academic working and thinking level. You can go to work, but many students continue with a subsequent master's degree after a bachelor's.

At Utrecht University you can opt for a:

  • One-year master's programmes: these one-year master's programmes prepare you to pursue a profession at an academic level, for example as a literature reviewer or museum staff member.
  • Two-year master's programmes: these two-year master's programmes will prepare you for a career as a researcher, for example as a PhD student in Comparative Literary Studies. Often, alumni also work for (independent) research centers. 

Continue your studies at UU

Depending on the choices you make and the content of your bachelor's programme, after graduating you can examine whether you can be admitted to one of the following master's programmes at Utrecht University. You will have to take into account specific admission requirements that vary per programme.

My Bachelor's in Literary Studies supported the development of my critical thinking skills to reflect upon both society and the university itself.


After completing your Bachelor's or Master's studies, you will eventually enter the labour market. There you can go in any direction, but most of our students choose one of the following professions or directions:


When you have completed a master's programme and you are certain that you want to continue as a researcher, you can choose to do a PhD in your field. A PhD track takes four years and concludes with a dissertation with which you will be awarded a doctorate. Doctoral students - also known as PhDs - make an important contribution to Utrecht's research.