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Literary Studies

Are you interested in literature, culture or classical texts? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this is the Master's degree you are looking for.

In the two-year Research Master's degree in Literary Studies you can choose between two specializations.

In the programme in Literary and Cultural Studies you will do an advanced study of the arts. You will focus specifically on the role the arts play in processes of cultural change. Also, you will study arts and culture in general and specialize in one of the involved art forms: literature, film, theatre, music, and multimedia forms.

In the programme in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies you will explore the Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will trace the similarities and differences between these periods and gain fundamental insights into the cultural changes that preceded the modern period.

Ben je geïnteresseerd in literatuur, cultuur of klassieke teksten? En wil je het onderzoek in? Dan is deze opleiding iets voor jou.

In de tweejarige onderzoeksmaster Literary Studies kun je kiezen uit de volgende twee tracks:

In de track Literary and Cultural Studies bestudeer je de kunsten. Je richt je specifiek op de rol die ze spelen in processen van culturele verandering. Daarnaast bestudeer je kunst en cultuur in het algemeen en specialiseer je je in een van de volgende kunstuitingen: literatuur, film, theater, muziek en multimedia-uitingen.

In de track Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies bestudeer je de klassieke oudheid, de middeleeuwen en vroege moderniteit in Europa en het Midden-Oosten. Je doet onderzoek naar de verschillen en overeenkomsten tussen deze perioden en de culturele veranderingen die voorafgingen aan de moderne geschiedenis.

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  • Testimonial of Patty Huijbers

    Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme

    – Patty Huijbers
  • Testimonial of Nadine Kuipers

    PhD student at the University of Groningen

    After completing my Bachelor's degree programme in English Language and Culture I was on the lookout for more depth and specialization. This Research Master's track was just what I was looking for. I was also able to broaden my knowledge by following a number of private seminars and tutorials.

    One of the most enjoyable and successful parts of my degree was the tutorial that I set up with my fellow students, The Skelton Project. We worked on a website with digital editions of poems by the medieval poet John Skelton. Although we’ve graduated now, we still love working on animations of Skelton’s poems. In the Research Master’s programme we didn’t just conduct research, but developed other skills too. Organizing the programme's conference in the first year, for instance, was good preparation for the organizational side of the academic world. If I hadn’t made the decision to do the Research Master’s programme in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies I wouldn’t be where I am now as a PhD student at the University of Groningen. In my PhD research, I am analysing medieval manuscripts containing agricultural texts that English landowners would have read. I became interested in this topic as I was researching the development of agricultural treatises for my Master's thesis.

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    – Nadine Kuipers
  • Testimonial of Student Alexandros Tsouris

    I choose the courses that are fitting my interests: ancient history

    I applied at several universities but chose Groningen because of the interdisciplinarity of the track and the fact that in contrast to other universities, Groningen offers a two-year track instead of one. More importantly, the lesser amount of tuition fees, comparing to other countries, has been an important motivation for doing my master's degree here in the Netherlands.

    The advantage of this programme is that it offers the opportunity to structure the programme as you want. I choose the courses that are fitting my interests: ancient history. Thus, I can set the focus on my own investigation, with efficient supervision: associations of the Greek and Roman cities. A great asset of the programme is that some courses include excursions to other countries. For instance, in the first semester we visited Rome and this has been a great and unique experience for me. Not only did we have the opportunity to visit a lot of sites and museums, but also to experience academic work on site, that is presenting certain monuments, in front of the monuments, rather than via a pc.

    Furthermore, I find it very convenient that there are not many exams in the programme. They do not count my development as a student on a strict basis of reproducing knowledge, but they want to see my interpretation and my research. Although the programme has disadvantages sometimes, in general lines this approach is fulfilling for me. For the future I would like to continue with my research since I have plans to do a PhD.

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    – Student Alexandros Tsouris
Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Literary Studies (research)
Croho code
60814
Course type
Research master
Language of instruction
English (100%)
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Start
FebruaryFebruary
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Arts

Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.  

Research Assistants Programme

Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

Read more about the Research Assistants Programme positions.

Master’s degree programmes in Classics, Literary Studies and History

The Faculty of Arts also offers one year master’s degree programmes in ClassicsLiterary Studies and History.