During the Master’s programme, you will get to know different literary institutions that operate in the field of literature and culture. After finishing this programme, you can use the academic and practical skills that you acquired during your year of study and begin working at one of these institutions.
The Master’s programme in Literature Today prepares students for a broad spectrum of occupations that require expertise in literature and literary institutions. These can be in the fields of editing and publishing, organisation and event management, journalism, education, archival and library services, or even research and research support.
You will be an expert on literature today who can work at (inter)national publishing houses, cultural institutions – places like the British Council, the Flemish-Dutch cultural platform deBuren (Brussels), the cultural centre deBalie (Amsterdam), etc. – libraries, or bookshops, or in media, museums, theatres, or literary-cultural festivals. In a wider sense, you are prepared for a future career in the sectors of literature, culture, and communication.
Curious about the jobs our alumni found?
- Gert van der Stelt works as a senior editor at E-Wise (in Dutch).
- Iris Nieuwenhuizen is a Project Officer at Passionate Bulkboek (in Dutch).
- Joy Merken works as a junior online marketeer at Meulenhoff Boekerij (in Dutch).
- Iulia Ivana is a freelance writer and editor in the publishing industry.
- Rajib Ahmed is a research consultant.
Have a look at the LinkedIn profiles of our graduates Rajib and Iulia:
Other graduates have found employment in the following companies and institutions:
- Deputy director at Stichting Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek
- Junior editor at the publishing house Coutinho
- Publishing assistant at The House of Books
- Freelance journalist
- Project manager marketing and digitalisation, Overamstel Publishers
- Lecturer in the English Department, Utrecht University
Usually, students of this Master’s programme are not interested in pursuing an academic career and continuing on to a PhD, although this does happen occasionally. Several alumni of the precursor programme are completing PhDs at international universities (in the UK and Portugal). If you are considering a PhD in the disciplines of this Master’s programme, the Research Master in Comparative Literary Studies might be of interest to you.