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What will I learn?

The one-year, English-taught master's programme in English Literature and Culture focuses on the interaction between literature and key political and social issues such as identity, migration, memory and the metropolis, but also between literature and the literary tradition, and literature and film.

Why study English Literature and Culture at Leiden University?

Develop your knowledge of English literature and its many genres with the master's in English Literature and Culture at Leiden University. Taught by Leiden University's acclaimed English literature faculty, this programme gives you access to excellent teaching and resources including Leiden University’s unique collection of manuscripts, books, periodicals and electronic media.

Focus on your area of interest

An expansive curriculum spanning the Middle Ages to the present day gives you scope to pursue your personal area of interest. Choose from ‘popular’ culture to the classics; from Beowulf to Chaucer; Milton and Shakespeare to James Joyce and Anglo-American films. Besides reading works from the traditional canons of British and American literature, you can also focus on speculative fiction, the Gothic, and Hollywood film.

Worldwide English literature and Philology

English-language literature from all around the world is included in this study, from the traditional canons of British and American literature to diverse world regions including the Caribbean, South-Africa and India. A special feature of the Leiden programme is the option to focus on Philology: the study of medieval texts (Old and Middle English) and text media in their cultural-historical contexts.

Customised education

Design your own curriculum according to your career goals or interests. Concentrate on English-language literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, or on courses related to medieval or early modern literature. Hone your language skills or prepare for the Educational Master. You can also choose to combine English literature courses with Masterlanguage and English linguistics courses.

English Literature and Culture degree

English Literature and Culture at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University

Organisations and institutions need new talent with the skills and knowledge you will have acquired in the master’s programme in English Literature and Culture. You can pursue a career in research with a PhD, or use your linguistic and analytical skills for a career in publishing, communications, and translation, or as a copywriter, editor or proof-reader. Our graduates often find employment in business services, education, or journalism.

The master in English Literature and Culture prepares you for a wide range of positions. Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • Account executive at a communications agency
  • Policy officer at The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • English teacher at a university of professional education
  • English teacher at a secondary school
  • Junior information specialist at an association of civil-law notaries
  • Project officer for subtitling at a company specialising in media translations
  • PhD researcher at a foreign university
  • Project manager at a translation and interpreting agency
  • Publishing assistant at a legal publishing house
  • Copywriter at a software and consultancy company
  • Content manager and communications advisor at a multinational accountancy firm

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,31,018) per year
Non-EEA/non-Swiss/non-Surinam: Full-time & Part-time: €18800. Part-time for EU/EEA/Surinam applicants: €2168.
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

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


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