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Literary Studies

Ben je geïnteresseerd in literatuur en cultuur? Dan zit je goed bij dit programma.

Binnen de eenjarige masteropleiding Letterkunde kun je kiezen uit de volgende drie tracks.

In de track European Literatures and Cultures doe je kritisch onderzoek naar kunst en literatuur in Europa. Je krijgt college van docenten met verschillende expertises, waardoor je je kennis en inzicht verbreedt en verdiept. Je richt je specifiek op de taal en cultuur die je hebt bestudeerd in je bachelor.

In de track English Literature and Culture bestudeer je Engelse literaire klassiekers en nieuwe Engelse literatuur en hun culturele context. Je kunt kiezen uit werken uit de hele historische en geografische reikwijdte van de Engelse literatuur.

In de track Writing, Editing and Mediating richt je je op alle aspecten van schrijven, redigeren en publiceren. Je leert vaardigheden zoals publiekgericht schrijven en het corrigeren van geschreven Engels. Het programma is bedoeld voor studenten die de Engelse taal vloeiend spreken en schrijven.

Lees hier meer over het vakgebied Europese talen en culturen.

Lees hier meer over het vakgebied English Language and Culture.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Literary Studies
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60813
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?
Programme
Programme options
Writing, Editing and Mediating (WEM) (track)

What makes a text a good or captivating text? How do you recognize repetitions, inconsistencies, faulty logic and other problems in texts? What does it take to guide a text from writer to reader?

Working with texts in a professional setting involves a special set of skills. The Writing, Editing and Mediating Master's track (often abbreviated to WEM), offers students a choice of courses that focus on non-fiction writing for specific audiences, the history of texts in their various forms (from manuscript to digital book), proof-reading and correcting English texts, and producing texts for publication. Topics addressed include censorship, copyright, scholarly editions, critical theory and social issues in contemporary literature.Students on the course typically have a BA in English or in an Anglophone culture (e.g. American Studies). Some students with other humanities qualifications and a sufficient level of academic English are accepted by the admissions board.The one-year Master's track in Writing, Editing and Mediating (WEM) is a track within the Master's degree in Literary Studies and is run by the Department of English Language and Culture. It is taught and assessed wholly in English.

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European Literatures and Interculturality (track)

Welcome to the Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality..

Based on cutting-edge research in literary studies, this unique and innovative literature programme is international in scope and comprises several modern European languages.The Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality is located at the Department of European Languages and Cultures. This international, interdisciplinary and multilingual environment offers excellent opportunities for research and immerses them in vibrant networks of experts across different European countries and languages. The following languages can be chosen as major language: French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.The Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality provides you with academic skills and approaches that will prepare you to operate as a cultural expert wherever texts are involved: in the media, in institutions and in networks.Each course builds on a theoretical foundation, but at the same time trains your research skills and ability to communicate with a range of different audiences.

Examples of language-specific courses in literature currently being taught can be found in the course catalogue.

Besides, students may choose one or two interdisciplinary seminars in literature which are team-taught by experts from different fields. Examples of such interdisciplinary courses include: 'Literature and Conflict' and 'Modernist Geographies.'

English Literature and Culture (track)

Literary study is socially relevant: from the medieval to the modern, it maps the forces which divide and unite people. English is the global language of cultural exchange and experiment.

The themes of conflict and co-operation are at the core of the Master's track in English Literature and Culture, a programme that allows students a broad choice from a range of modules drawing on the full historical and geographical sweep of literatures in English.It is a key tenet of the track that the academic study of English literature can be used to reflect on the ways that people - as individuals and as groups - interact with one another, and that it provides a catalyst for insight into contemporary social debates. Literature captures the separation and the solidarity of its writers and audiences in a manner particular to itself: it is a multidisciplinary practice that is as various as the texts it studies. The programme's core themes of conflict and co-operation are linked to sustainable society, a research priority of the university.For more information see: English Language & Culture.

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MA Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme is a 15ECTS interdisciplinary course especially for students who want to get more from their studies by focusing on their leadership skills.

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Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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language test

European Literatures and Cultures: Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Writing, Editing and Mediating / English Literature and Culture: Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 110 (with a minimum of 25 on all items), or IELTS 8.0 (with a minimum of 7.5 on all items). Minimum ERK level C1.

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Admission requirements

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language test

European Literatures and Cultures: Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Writing, Editing and Mediating / English Literature and Culture: Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 110 (with a minimum of 25 on all items), or IELTS 8.0 (with a minimum of 7.5 on all items). Minimum ERK level C1.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

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After your studies

Job prospects

Afhankelijk van de track die je gevolgd hebt kun je werken als vertaler, journalist of schrijver. Ook kun je terecht in het onderwijs, in het onderzoek of bij uitgeverijen. Daarnaast heb je mogelijkheden bij culturele organisaties en overheidsinstellingen.

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    After I graduated, I wanted to gain experience and get even better at what I like doing best: writing and editing. I registered with the Chamber of Commerce and started working as a freelance editor at my own editing business 'EditUp', where I write, translate and edit academic and publicity texts for various clients. I work in Dutch and English for both digital and print media. I also have a part-time job as a content editor at Oberst BV.

    The knowledge that I acquired in the Master's track in Writing, Editing and Mediating has proven indispensable in both my jobs. I chose this track because of my passion for the English language and literature, and because I wanted to become an editor. The programme enables you to study interesting literature while at the same time training you in the field of editing. It taught me to write and edit, and also to support my writing and editing choices with relevant theories. I can now use this knowledge and these skills to justify my texts to my clients. The opportunity to gain practical experience in a placement gives the programme great added value. I was given the opportunity to do an internship at the Marketing, Communication and Sales department of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. I was responsible for writing, editing and translating texts such as biographies, flyers, interviews and articles for the magazine Odeon and the internal personnel magazine.

    The combination of academic and practical perspectives will help you translate your knowledge and understanding to the labour market. In my view, this is the strength of this Master's track!

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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.