MA in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies - Specialisation in Literary Studies (Research)


What will I learn?

Whether you prefer ancient Greek dramas, medieval Dutch poetry, contemporary American literature, or are more interested in general literary theory, this Master’s is suited to students wishing to contribute to literary scholarships. You will learn how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of literary texts and how they function within society.

What will you learn?

The Master’s in Literary Studies will teach you how to approach historical and contemporary literary texts from an international perspective, as well as how to examine the current societal significance of literature. By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to discuss literary texts and scholarly approaches with other scholars at the highest academic level.

At Radboud University, we believe that to fully understand literature, you need to broaden your scope. You’ll gain insight into methods and theories in both literary studies and the humanities in general. You’ll become familiar with a wide range of literary traditions, critical approaches and theoretical debates. This will enhance your own research. In order to expand your horizon as a literary scholar, you’ll spend a semester conducting research and taking courses abroad.

Career prospects

During the Master’s programme you will gain a broad perspective on the humanities in general because of the collaboration between the specialisations of Historical Studies, Literary Studies, and Art and Visual Culture. Through your personal Master’s research, you will also have concentrated on a very specific phenomenon in your own field. This combination of broad and specific focus will open a lot of doors for you. Our research programme has produced graduates that are appreciated by employees for their research skills as well as their insightfulness and analytical skills, and who have not only learned how to delve into large quantity of data and master it but also how to place their results in a larger context.

In short, at the end of the programme you’ll:

  • Have acquired heuristic research skills at an advanced level.
  • Have gained general knowledge of leading perspectives, theories, concepts, and paradigm shifts in the humanities and advanced knowledge specifically for own field.
  • Be able to engage in the public debates regarding issues in the humanities.
  • Have acquired English academic writing skills and have practiced writing a publishable scholarly article and a proposal for a PhD project.
  • Have started to build up a professional international network.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€16,500.00 (14,57,984) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: TOEFL score of 575 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher.

For international students

Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed Bachelor's degree from a Research University in Art History, Cultural Studies or Classical Languages and Culture or a related area.

Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0.

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

TOEFL score of ≥100 (internet based), subscores ≥22;
IELTS score of ≥7.0, subscores ≥6.5;
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a mark of at least C;
Bachelor’s Degree from a Research University in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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