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.
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:
- Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
- Leiden University (The Netherlands)
- Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany)
- Max Planck Institute Berlin (Germany)
- Rachel Carson Center (Germany)
- Ghent University (Belgium)
- Queen’s University Belfast (Ireland)
- Norwich University (United Kingdom)
- Ludwig Maximilian University (Germany)
- University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
- University of Boğaziçi (Turkey)
- City University of New York (United States)
- University of Stockholm (Sweden)
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.
Other graduates found jobs as: