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Literary and Cultural Analysis (Literary Studies)
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Career prospects

If you continue your studies with a Master's or Research Master's programme, you can decide to pursue an academic career and obtain a Ph.D. You will conduct research for three or four years and write a doctoral thesis. You must apply for a doctoral position, of which there are a limited number available. Doctoral research is frequently combined with teaching. Many of our graduates work for universities as teachers and researchers, at the UvA, elsewhere in the Netherlands, or abroad.

Of course, there are also other options. As an graduate of this programme, you will have the skills and knowledge required for a great range of intellectual, research, textual, creative, and critical careers. You will have broad knowledge of cultural phenomena and processes, and you be able to to write clear, informative, and well-structured texts. These are all vital skills for the cultural sector, education, journalism, and the commercial sector.

Employment possibilities

In particular, our Dutch students find employment in the following sectors:

  • Cultural institutions: curators or programmers for institutions like De Balie or Perdu;
  • Journalism and media: editors, writers, researchers at national publications, such as De Groene Amsterdammer, NRC, Vrij Nederland, de Volkskrant, Studio Sport;
  • Commercial writing and editing: writers and copy editors for all kinds of businesses requiring textual and linguistic expertise;
  • Publishing: published authors or editors at Boom Amsterdam, De Geus, or Prometheus; one of them has even started his publishing house;
  • Education: teachers at all levels, from primary school to university (please check the specific teaching requirements in your home country).

Academic career

After a Research Master's programme, you may wish to pursue an academic career at the university. In this case, you will write a doctoral thesis. This involves four years of research, whilst also teaching at the university. 

Our staff members are doing research in especially – though not exclusively – the following subjects:

  • globalisation, space, borders, and migration
  • sexuality and gender, queer and trans studies
  • bodies, embodiment, disability, and vulnerability
  • cultural memory, historical trauma, and conspiracy theories
  • precarity and the critique of neoliberalism
  • provincial, rural, and peripheral spaces
  • contemporary arts and politics
  • literature, modern art, and philosophy
  • urban cultures, streetlife, and new forms of activism