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English Literature and Culture (Literary Studies)


In the one-year Master's programme English Literature and Culture, you explore the history and theory of literature in English in a global sense, while addressing key issues of intellectual concern in society, politics and culture. You will also have the opportunity to explore the interrelations of English literature from across the world with other kinds of cultural objects, such as films, digital media and the visual arts.

Language of instruction
Full-time, part-time

Student for a Day
Master's Week 4-8 Nov
Here's why you want to study English Literature and Culture at the UvA

Choose your interest

You can specialise in a wide range of different authors and even venture beyond English literature.

High-ranking English Department

1st in the Netherlands and 42nd in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.

Extracurricular lectures

Guest lecturers from all over the world come to our English department to share their ideas.

International Classroom

During class discussions and events you will encounter perspectives of students from a vast variety of cultural backgrounds.

Is English Literature and Culture right for you?

  1. You want to deepen your understanding of literature written in English and the critical approaches one might take towards it.
  2. You are interested in discussing and honing your ideas with curious peers and faculty members from all over the world.
  3. You can appreciate a global cultural capital such as Amsterdam and the many stimulating experiences it exposes you to.
What does this programme entail?

In this video a teacher and student explain in about 4 minutes how the programme is structured and describe its unique aspects.

Degree certificate 

English Literature and Culture is an accredited degree programme of Literary Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Literary Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MA Literary Studies
Full-time, part-time
60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
CROHO code
University Quarter