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English Literature and Culture (Literary Studies)
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Study programme

The one-year Master's English Literature and Culture provides you with insight into the history and theory of literature in English, and explores its relationship with other media, all the while engaging key issues of intellectual concern in society, politics, and culture.

Programme overview

The Master's English Literature and Culture is rooted in literary analysis, but also works at the forefront of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship. English Literature is understood in the broadest sense, a diverse and complex mode of expression that includes works from American, British, Commonwealth, and postcolonial contexts.

Programme structure  

The Master's programme English Literature and Culture comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 18 credits English Literature and Culture core course and conference
  • 24 credits of elective courses
  • 18 credits for a Master’s thesis

Students first enrol in an advanced English literary studies core course, Critical Approaches to Literature and Culture, in which they acquire the methodological and conceptual tools to analyse English literature and culture in the broadest sense.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue (link below).


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. 

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.


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