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Research Master
Literary Studies (research)
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Application & admission

Every programme at the Faculty of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 March 2022. After this date, an initial selection will be made. Only if any places remain available, the deadline may be extended, in which case students with a Dutch or other EU/EER nationality will be able to apply until 15 May 2022.

    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 Research Master’s in Literary Studies is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or from another accredited university in the humanities or liberal arts.  Examples of relevant degree programmes are Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, or Language and Culture (language programmes, including Dutch language). Applicants are expected to have a demonstrable affinity with research in the field of Literary Studies.

    Student profile

    We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about the critical analysis of literature and other texts and who have a solid academic knowledge of literary and cultural studies. The programme welcomes interdisicplinarity, but focuses specifically on text-based media. An interest in (academic) research is an absolute plus.

    You will be considered for admission to the research Master’s programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study and demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills in your application:

    • demonstrable academic knowledge in the field of (theoretical) Literary Studies: if you do not have a substantial amount of credits or academic knowledge related to the field of study, you will not be admitted;
    • excellent research skills at Bachelor’s level: you are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis);
    • a desire to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment of our Graduate School, demonstrated in a convincing explanation of your motivation in which you explain why you think you can successfully complete this specific programme.

    Grade average

    If you wish to apply for this Research Master's programme, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least an

    • A/3.6 (American system)
    • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • B (ECTS-system), or 
    • 7.5 (Dutch system)

    If you obtained a lower grade average you can apply, particularly if you obtained a sufficient grade average for the courses related to the Research Master’s programme and/or courses taken in the advanced phase of your prior education. Please include an explanation in your Motivation form.

    Selection procedure

    All prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your file to that of other applicants. Distinguish yourself with solid academic knowledge in the field of study, high grades and a convincing letter of motivation.

    Hbo-bachelor not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (pre-master or schakelprogramma) for this Master's.

    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.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.

  • 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.

    Application fee

    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.

    Application documents

    As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, a programme-specific document (see below) and proof of English language proficiency.

    Programme-specific document

    As a programme-specific document you should upload a sample of recent written work to MyInfo. This sample of written work should be about 3000 words, written in English, and should demonstrate:

    1. the ability to close read and interpret literary works;
    2. the ability to analyse literary works through the use of literary theory and secondary materials;
    3. the ability to write a well-structured and well-written research paper.

    Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:


After submitting your application

Because this is a selective programme, applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board after the application deadline has passed. You will be notified of whether you have been admitted to the programme after this time.

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: