I was offered two PhD positions within 9 months of graduating from the Research Master in Utrecht.
Maria Zirra

Comparative Literary Studies prepares you for a range of different careers that require advanced academic skills along with expertise in the field of literature and knowledge of the contemporary media landscape.

Graduates of the programme are fully equipped to pursue a Phd in the international field of literary studies. Your training also makes you equipped to pursue alternative career paths requiring advanced skills in analysing and managing textual information or specific knowledge of literature in an international context (publishing, cultural and educational policy, heritage institutions). Graduates who have specialised in one language area may also find employment in international organisations.

Academic careers

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. Furthermore, you will have an overview of the place that your own research plan occupies in the context of international research in literary studies.

In the past, around 40% of the programme’s graduates were awarded fully-funded PhD positions at the following universities:

The high rate of acceptance into PhD programmes at reputable universities abroad shows that graduates of the Utrecht programme are competitive in the extremely selective granting of PhD positions.

Alumnus Kaspars Reinis has found a PhD position in Toronto; Peter Maurits is a PhD candidate at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich; and alumna Maria Zirra is a PhD candidate at Stockholm University.

Careers outside academia

Graduates of Comparative Literary Studies have gone on to senior-level careers in publishing (Elsevier, Oxford University Press), text editing, higher and middle education, governmental consultancy, and management. Students who do not go abroad in their second year may opt to do an internship. 

Alumnae Yael van der Wouden en Thalia Ostendorf have founded their own publishing company, Uitgeverij Chaos. Alumna Loes Singeling - van der Voort works as a reporter at de Volksrant.

Other graduates found jobs as:

A PhD candidate receives her PhD at University Hall