During my Master, I have participated in a number of conferences, where I delivered papers, and completed a semester abroad. Participating in research schools, conferences, and attending seminars has been a great experience!
Kaspars Reinis

The Utrecht Research Master’s programme in Comparative Literary Studies offers you the following benefits:

A unique comparative approach

The programme offers a unique comparative approach to literature, which includes comparisons across languages, across media, across time, across forms of knowledge, and – through the course Fundamentals of the Humanities – across disciplines.


You will not only learn about recent debates on the specificity of literature; in addition you will have the opportunity of connecting literary studies to interdisciplinary debates in the fields of cultural memory studies, media studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, animal studies, and disability studies. 

International orientation

  • You will be reading literatures from different language areas (in the original and in translation), while also having the possibility of specialising in one of the European languages in your electives (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian).
  • All students, Dutch students in particular, are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad. 
  • All core seminars are in English. 
  • The programme encourages applications from outside the Netherlands.

A vibrant research environment

As a student in Comparative Literary studies, you will be taught by internationally active researchers. You will also have the possibility of participating in the many workshops and international conferences they organise in the field of literary studies. For examples, see:

Esprit de corps

The Comparative Literary Studies programme in Utrecht has a close-knit community of students and faculty from all over the world. We regularly organise academic and social events, such as the Comparative Literature Seminar and the monthly Comp Lit Stammtisch. Here, you will have the opportunity to meet current and former RMA students, visiting scholars, affiliated PhD students and researchers, as well as the faculty, have a drink and socialise. We are a small programme and we place an emphasis on fostering a sense of community. The fact that many of our former students continue to come to our social events attests to the esprit de corps that exists here.

A teaching staff with wide-ranging expertise

Our international teaching staff has a wide range of expertise in de field of modern languages, literary theory, intermediality, postcolonial studies, and cultural memory studies. Take a look at their profile pages in order to get a sense of their academic interests and specialties:

World-class University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates. Read more about Utrecht University.

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