You will study literature, the arts, and theory in relation to a specific issue that enjoys a particular relevance, urgency, or actuality for the present. You will look at it from a perspective that is political in its broadest sense, i.e. as having to do with power. Is it possible to reflect on arrangements of power in the very present that envelops and constitutes us, and if so, how? Or is the present always precisely what escapes us? Is it possible for theory, literature, and the arts to reflect on and even intervene in whatever is happening right now?
Master's Week: Information sessionsDiscover which programme suits you best (and whether the UvA is right for you). Find out in our Information sessions, during which there will be a short presentation and you will be able to ask lecturers and students all your questions live. The next UvA Master's week will take place 18-25 November 2023.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I enrol in a Master's if I have not yet completed my Bachelor's?
We advise you not to wait until the registration deadline before enrolling in the Master's programme. The sooner you enrol, the sooner we can inform you about your admission. When you enrol, you are not required to immediately upload your degree certificate. If you have not yet obtained your degree certificate but are in possession of all the other application documents, you can go ahead and submit your enrolment. You will then have until 31 August to upload your Bachelor's degree. Please check out the Graduate School of Humanities website for the application procedure.
I have a different question concerning the application process. Who can I contact?
You will find this programme's admission criteria on the 'Application and admission' page. If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate School of Humanities' Admissions Office.
What are my options after graduation?
After you have completed this programme, you can choose pursue an academic career or you can enter the job market. Please find more information on the 'Careers' page.
How do I go about finding housing in Amsterdam?
Finding housing in Amsterdam is often difficult because of the high demand with regard to student accommodation, but by starting your search on time and putting in some effort, students usually succeed at finding something. Many students find accommodation by word of mouth or social media. Please check out the page below for all of our information related to finding housing.
Is it possible to do this programme in part-time?
Yes, this programme can also be done in part-time mode of study. Part-time students obtain 30 ECTS per academic year, which equates to 12-18 ECTS per semester. You will attend the same lectures as full-time students. Your programme coordinator will deliberate with you regarding the composition of your study programme.
When does the programme start?
Just like all of the other Graduate School of Humanities programmes, this programme will start in September. It is not possible to start at a different time.
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Our Masters' strength is that we do not simply study literature, but look from the literary outwards. Literary texts constitute socio-cultural and political questions that intervene in other modes of thinkingDaan Wesselman