1. Check deadlines
Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality
1 March 2023
Applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality
15 May 2023
Please note: if you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.
If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:
2. Check entry requirements
The Master's in Literature, Culture and Society is open for application to all students holding a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in:
- One of the languages you wish to specialise in.
- Other Bachelor’s programmes in the Humanities, provided that you have completed at least 30 ECTS in the language you wish to specialise in and have written a thesis connected with your specialised language.
- As a student in this Master’s programme you will be expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:
- You have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the language of your specialisation OR:
- Another Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in the Humanities including at least 30 ECTS in your language of specialisation AND a thesis connected to your specialist language area;
- You have a deep intellectual curiosity about the interplay and interface between literature, culture and contemporary society;
- You have previously studied literary studies.
If you do not meet the entry requirements above, for example if you have a relevant degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an equivalent thereof, you can eliminate your deficiencies by completing the pre-Master’s programme Literary Studies.
If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.
English language requirements
New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
- 3. Register for the Master's in Literary Studies in Studielink
4. Submit your application form in MyInfo
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.
Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:
- curriculum vitae;
- proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
- transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
- diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
- translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
- motivation form (PDF).
This programme does not require additional programme-specific documents.
*Please note: If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September. If you have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 May (non-EEA students) or 1 August (EEA students).
After submitting your application
Once we have received your complete application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. This programme offers rolling admissions, meaning you will receive an admission decision within 10 to 12 weeks. It is therefore advisable to complete your application well before the deadline.
If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: