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What will I learn?

Develop your knowledge of French and Francophone literary works and genres with the Master’s programme in French Literature and Culture at Leiden University.

Why study French Literature and Culture at Leiden University?

The master's in French Literature and Culture at Leiden University offers an excellent qualification in French and Francophone literature and culture. All classes taught in French, which will greatly improve your fluency in oral and written French.

Programme structure

The French Literature and Culture specialisation consists of four courses and an MA thesis:

  • Courses 1 and 2: Any two courses from the French Literature and Culture programme;
  • Course 3: Any course offered from the French Literature and Culture programme or any other course within the MA in Literary Studies;
  • Course 4: Any course offered from the French Literature and Culture programme or any other course within the MA in Literary Studies, a course on a literary subject taught in another MA, a course offered within the MA in Linguistics: French Language and Linguistics, or a course offered via Masterlanguage.

Career prospects

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

The master’s programme in French Literature and Culture prepares you for a wide range of positions. Our graduates can be found working in a great number of professions requiring specialist linguistic or communication skills.

Our alumni have taken positions as a:

  • French teacher in a secondary school
  • French teacher in professional higher education
  • Literary translator
  • Business translator
  • Editorial secretary & editor at a publishing house
  • PhD candidate at a Dutch or foreign university
  • Publishing assistant at a publishing house
  • Marketing and communications officer at a telecom company
  • Policy advisor at a Dutch university
  • Foreign rights manager at a publishing house
  • Journalist at a press company

Teacher qualification

If you are interested in a career in teaching, you can apply for the Dutch-taught teacher-training MA at the ICLON Graduate School of Education after graduating from the master’s programme. To be admitted, you need to have a master’s degree in the relevant discipline. Fluency in Dutch is mandatory, and additional entry requirements may apply.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

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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