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The No. 1 Master's programme in comparative literature in the Netherlands

The RMA Comparative Literary Studies was again voted the top Master's programme in the field in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Master's Selection Guide 2018.

Literature in a globalised world

In this programme we approach literature as a cultural medium from a comparative, theoretical perspective. How do different cultures and societies think about the present, remember the past, and imagine the future in and through literature? And how has literature itself been understood and theorised across historical periods and geographical boundaries? In this programme you will have the opportunity to explore these and related questions. At Utrecht we focus on modern and contemporary literature from different language areas. What sets the Utrecht programme apart is a strong focus on literary and cultural history and memory, literary theory and criticism, and world literature.

As a student in this programme you will learn to analyse the ways in which literature interacts with (and reflects on) its cultural and social environment against the background of globalisation and new media technologies.

A comparative approach

The ‘comparative’ approach characteristic for Utrecht is understood to involve comparison between literary phenomena along three principal axes:

  1. transculturality (how does literature reflect and negotiate cultural differences and operate across national borders?)
  2. mediality (how does literature work as a medium and relate to other forms of cultural and knowledge production? how are literary phenomena adapted to other media? )
  3. memory (how do stories and cultural forms survive across generations and how are they transformed across time?) 

Read more about our teaching and research environment, including our teaching staff.

After graduation

As a graduate of this programme, you will have:

  • Advanced knowledge of literary studies, particularly in the literary cultures of the modern period.
  • Thorough knowledge in a specialism within the field or at the interface with another field.
  • The academic skills to independently identify, formulate, analyse, and suggest possible solutions to theoretical and conceptual problems in the field of literary studies.
  • The academic skills to conduct original research in the field of literary studies.
  • The ability to communicate your literary research findings in a manner that meets the standards of this discipline.
  • The skills to apply your knowledge in a professional academic manner.
  • The qualifications to obtain a career as a literary researcher or to acquire a PhD position in this field.

After successfully completing the Research Master’s programme in Comparative Literary Studies, you will be able to formulate a research proposal for a PhD project in your specialism within the field of literary studies. Read more about career development and possible career prospects.

Admission

Comparative Literary Studies is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.

Summary

Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MA
  • Master's degree in: Literary Studies (Research)
  • Programme: Comparative Literary Studies
Accreditation:
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
60814
Language of instruction:
English
Part- or full-time status:
Full-time
Duration:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
120
Start of studies:
September
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 April 2019
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2019
Tuition fees:
Faculty:
Humanities
Graduate school:
Humanities