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Students of the English and Comparative Literature track share their experiences


Do you wonder how a literary work becomes a classic or bestseller in the Digital Age? Would you like to learn about the steps taken between publishing a manuscript and the media reviews, talk shows, or blogs in which the work is discussed? Then this Master's programme might be for you.

In the Master’s programme Literature Today, you will:

  • Learn to identify and critically evaluate the most recent national and international developments in literature, and to situate these from a historical perspective.
  • Be equipped with the tools to identify and explain the quality of literary works in times of increasing commercialisation.
  • Learn how literature circulates within the market as part of a creative industry sustained by centuries-old tradition.
  • Investigate from theoretical and practical angles how to help to spread literature, explain it to a broader public, and translate academic insights for the reading public.

Prepare for the job market

Critical reflection, building up a repertoire, the consolidation of writing skills, and an understanding of how literary institutions operate in an era of globalisation are central to your studies during this programme. You can also complete an internship with publishing houses, media corporations, libraries, literary foundations, or cultural institutions – the job market and professional field for which this Master’s programme prepares you. Read more about internships and career development.

Guest speakers from the field

In our Publishing course, a number of guest speakers from the world of publishing will be invited to comment on current trends, such as the rise of small-scale publishing initiatives and new approaches in the marketing of texts.

Guest speakers in the past have been Michaël Stoker, Director of ILFU, Sophie R Lewis, translator and editor of works at small/literary UK presses such as Folio Society and And Other Stories, Bengono Bessala, publicist at Harper Inspire, Marianne Tatepo, editor at Ebury Press and founder of Black Agents and Editors Group and Willem Bisseling, literary agent at Sebes & Bisseling, Amsterdam.


You can choose from among the following tracks to tailor the programme to your interests and desired career path:

1. English and Comparative Literature (entirely in English)
2. Dutch Literature (in Dutch and English)
3a. French Literature (Modern Literature in European Languages) 
3b. German Literature (Modern Literature in European Languages)
3d. Hispanic Literature (Modern Literature in European Languages)

Read more about our tracks.

After graduation

As a graduate of the Master in Literature Today, you will be trained to critically engage with the challenges that confront literature in our globalised, digitalised, and commercialised world. The programme content approaches these challenges from both a theoretical and practical perspective so that you will be fully prepared for the job market.

After finishing the programme, you can use the academic and practical skills acquired during your year of study and begin working at one of these institutions. Read more about possible career prospects.


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

  • Profile picture Iulia Ivana, alumna MA Literature Today
    "The creative freedom and the myriads of opportunities that this programme has brought me is something for which I am genuinely grateful."
  • Profile picture Rajib Ahmed, alumnus Literature Today
    "With a bit of theoretical jab and a course on how to trace heritage in literary productions, this programme had everything I was looking for."


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
  • Programme: Literature Today
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
Language of instruction:
  • English
  • Multilingual
Part- or full-time status:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 April
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Graduate school: