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What will I learn?

What does this research master entail?

Literature in a globalised world

Comparative Literary Studies involves the transnational study of literature from a theoretically informed perspective. The Utrecht programme is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation.

This Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. As a student in this programme, you will learn to analyse the ways in which literature interacts with (and reflects on) its cultural and social environment against the background of globalization and new media technologies.

A comparative approach

The ‘comparative’ approach characteristic for Utrecht is understood to involve comparison between literary phenomena along three principal axes:

  • transculturality (how does literature reflect and negotiate cultural differences and operate across national borders?)
  • mediality (how does literature work as a medium and relate to other forms of cultural and knowledge production? how are literary phenomena adapted to other media? )
  • memory (how do stories and cultural forms survive across generations and how are they transformed across time?)

After Graduation

As a graduate of this programme, you will have:

  • Advanced knowledge of literary studies, particularly in the literary cultures of the modern period.
  • Thorough knowledge in a specialism within the field or at the interface with another field.
  • The academic skills to independently identify, formulate, analyse, and suggest possible solutions to theoretical and conceptual problems in the field of literary studies.
  • The academic skills to conduct original research in the field of literary studies.
  • The ability to communicate your literary research findings in a manner that meets the standards of this discipline.
  • The skills to apply your knowledge in a professional academic manner.
  • The qualifications to obtain a career as a literary researcher or to acquire a PhD position in this field.

Academic career

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€15,167.00 (12,39,134) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

MSc Track: Knowledge/ competence in the field of European law and a bachelor degree in Economics or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics; Mathematics; Industrial organization and Competition Policy; Corporate Finance; Econometrics or Advanced Statistics. English language requirements: IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.0 for all components. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 96, at least 23 for writing and 20 for the other sections. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

You will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Comparative Literary Studies if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

Familiarity with the academic study of culture, shown by the fact that you have taken 45 EC of relevant courses in your Bachelor, including at least 30 EC relating to literature.

Knowledge of the methods and theories applied in the study of culture in general, and literature in particular (as acquired in specific courses taken in your Bachelor).

An excellent level of academic achievement (as shown in your grades).

Intellectual curiosity and highly developed analytical skills (as demonstrated in your letter of motivation and writing sample).

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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