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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.
Norfatini Mohamed, student
Copyright: Norfatini Mohamed
Although literature might be mistakenly thought to include only books and written works, it is actually deeply connected to a wider debate, both locally and globally. Norfatini Mohamed, student Read the interview

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