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Literary Studies

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

Ben je geinteresseerd in dit programma? Neem deel aan onze Online Masterdag!

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.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Literary Studies (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60814
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Literary and Cultural Studies:

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • Research Assistantships

Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies:

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups
  • Unique approach that allows you to embed your chosen discipline in wider diachronic or synchronic fields
  • Research Assistantships
Programme
Programme options
Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (track)

Are you interested in the history, literature and culture of classical and ancient civilizations? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this track is just what you are looking for.

This two-year Research Master's track studies Classical Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Early Modernity in Europe and the Middle East. You will explore the similarities and differences between these periods. In addition, you will gain fundamental insights into the cultural changes that preceded the modern period.

The programme is a specialization of the three different Research Master's degrees, namely in History, Literary Studies, and Classics and Ancient Civilizations. As such, Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a multidisciplinary environment. Depending on your background and research interests, you will decide on your main subject. You can focus on history and choose between Ancient, Medieval or Early Modern History. You can also focus on literature. Then your options are Latin, Greek, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch or German Literature.

You can design your own programme to fit your interests. You will take specialist tutorials and courses on theory and method, and finish the programme by writing a thesis.

More information about this option

Literary and Cultural studies (track)

How do literature, film and theatre reflect and influence society, now and in the past? What role do the arts play in processes of cultural change? Find out in this Master's track.

The two-year Master's track in Literary and Cultural Studies is a specialization within the two Research Master's degrees in Literary Studies and in Arts and Culture.

The track in Literary and Cultural Studies provides you with an advanced investigation 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 these art forms: literature, film, theatre, music, and multimedia forms.

The track has a multi-disciplinary approach. You will study the arts from perspectives such as history, philosophy and sociology. In addition, the programme is closely related to the multidisciplinary research carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG).

More information about this option

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature)
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 June 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 June 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 June 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature)
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature)
  • another related field
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 June 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 June 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202001 February 2021
01 June 202101 September 2021
15 October 202101 February 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 13500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Na het afronden van deze track kun je je onderzoekscarrière voortzetten met een promotieonderzoek. Je kunt ook werk vinden bij bibliotheken, musea en andere culturele organisaties. Daarnaast is het mogelijk om te werken in het onderwijs of de journalistiek.

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    Email: n.a.zadorina rug.nl
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    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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    I choose the courses that are fitting my interests: ancient history

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    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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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.

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

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

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Study associations

ASCI

ACSI is a study association for the students of Information Science at the University of Groningen. ACSI's main aim is to represent the interests of its members and to stimulate contact between the students, companies and the faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. In this way, ACSI organizes a vast array of activities such as socials and trips.
https://www.ascigroningen.nl

Synthesis

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Study support

Elke masteropleiding heeft een studieadviseur waar je terecht kunt als je vragen hebt of advies wilt over je studie en andere zaken rondom het studeren. Alles wat je bespreekt wordt vertrouwelijk behandeld. Bij complexere zaken, bijvoorbeeld studievertraging, functiebeperking of langdurig ziek zijn, kun je terecht bij een studentendecaan.

Ook worden er cursussen aangeboden die je kunnen helpen om beter te kunnen studeren zoals studiestress en faalangsttrainingen, effectief studeren, presenteren of academische schrijfvaardigheid. Deze kun je volgen bij de afdeling Studieondersteuning van het Studenten Service Centrum (SSC). Met deze faciliteiten zorgen we er samen met jou voor dat je je gehele studie met veel plezier en goede resultaten kunt volbrengen.