Literary and cultural studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

Are you curious, eager to learn and ready to shape the role of the arts and the media in society and culture? Then you are the right person for this Research Master!

The two-year Master's track in Literary and Cultural Studies is a specialization within the two Research Master's degrees in Literary Studies and in Arts and Culture.

Literary and Cultural Studies equips students with knowledge and skills to become researchers and experts on the role that the arts, literature and media play in society, now and in the past. The programme offers a rich multi- and interdisciplinary framework within which students can specialize in one of the following disciplines or combinations of disciplines, under close supervision of a highly qualified research faculty:

  • arts and culture education,
  • cognitive studies of arts, media and culture,
  • cultural studies,
  • digital humanities,
  • film studies,
  • history of art, architecture and landscape,
  • literary studies 
  • media and journalism studies,
  • music studies,
  • theatre and performance studies.

To better reflect the breadth of disciplines involved, the track will be called Arts, Media, and Literary Studies from 2018/2019 onwards.



diplomaMA Letterkunde (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • Innovative research perspectives and methods to analyse the changing forms and roles of the arts, media and literature in our globalizing world
  • Solid disciplinary profiling, in a stimulating inter- and multidisciplinary framework
  • A cosmopolitan and intellectually stimulating learning environment, with highly qualified staff, excellent international research networks and contacts with professional worlds
  • Small groups, with interactive, innovative and intensive coursework.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 20 t/m 24 november organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind oktober 2017.
Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.


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All students participate in the programme's shared core, comprised of six courses of 5 ECTS (a total of 30 ECTS).
Alongside this common core, students build their own disciplinary profile by choosing, in their first year, three or four electives (25 EC in total). They also take a total of 10 ECTS offered by a national research school, which allows them to extend their knowledge to other approaches and establish contact with peers and scholars from other universities.
In their second year, students hone their research skills in three specialization modules (25 ECTS in total). These specialisations can take the form of a tutorial or of research internships, in which students join a research project led by a senior researcher (we strongly advise students to do at least one research internship). Such an internship can also be a project conducted for and with stakeholders in the world of the arts and the media. An internship is typically completed with the writing, publishing and public presentation of a paper or report, at a conference or for targeted professional or broad audiences.

Students are encouraged to spend (part of) the specialization semester abroad, facilitated by the International Office. For all internships, tutorials and international stays, they can draw on the staff's excellent national and international research networks and on a rich range of contacts with stakeholders, such as museums, cultural institutions, archives, municipalities, educational institutions, regional, national and European institutions and policy makers.

Check out the content of the courses on Ocasys:

1e jaar
Theories of Culture and Research in the Humanities
5 EC
Elective/ Research school seminar
5 EC
10 EC
Theories and Analysis of Arts, Media and Literature
5 EC
5 EC
Research methods in the Arts, Media and Literature
5 EC
Arts and Media in Society
5 EC
Elective/ Research school seminar
5 EC
5 EC
Research School Seminar
5 EC
Research methods in the Arts, Media and Literature
5 EC
2e jaar
Specialisation: research internship or tutorial
5 EC
Specialisation: research internship or tutorial
10 EC
Specialisation: research internship or tutorial
10 EC
Research Design
5 EC
Thesis LCS
30 EC


specialisatie Master's placement

During this Master's track, you can follow a research placement for ECTS credit points where you get the opportunity to participate and getting more involved in research.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Mobility Office can offer help with this where necessary. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
50% theorie
25% praktijk
literatuurstudie, stage, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, werkcollege, hoorcollege, groepsdiscussie, individuele opdracht, zelfstudie, integratie module, project, seminar
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. She knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.
studeren in het buitenland
LCS students can follow a part of their programme at one of the many partner universities from the University of Groningen. Among these universitities, you can chose for example to study in Berlin, Ghent, St. Andrews or Uppsala.
exchange programs
  • Visit the website about our exchange programmes - Nederland
honours-/excellence program Master Honours College

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 11400
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Excellent academic record.

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1.

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • American Studies
  • Art History
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • other related fields

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.


Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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Meander is de studievereniging van de opleiding Kunst & Architectuurgeschiedenis aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
Je krijgt als lid korting op je studieboeken, je krijgt elk jaar een Meanderalmanak en drie à vier keer per jaar het LUX-magazine. Je krijgt korting op alle door Meander georganiseerde feesten, lezingen, excursies, symposia en andere activiteiten. Bovendien organiseert Meander regelmatig excursies in binnen- en buitenland.

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields. Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Patty Huijbers
Research Master's Student Patty Huijbers About Her Research Assistants Programme


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Literary and cultural studies
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2/6 Rijksuniversiteit
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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3/6 Rijksuniversiteit
Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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4/6 Universiteit Leiden
Literary Studies (Research)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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5/6 Utrecht
Comparative Literary Studies
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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6/6 UvA
Literary Studies (research MA)
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel4.44.1


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Literary and cultural studies aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 8 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.4 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Literary and Cultural Studies prepares students for successful careers as researchers in academic and non-academic contexts and for leading positions in cultural, educational or governmental institutions, in the creative and media industries, and as cultural mediators or entrepreneurs.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate of this track, you will have an analytical, critical and independent attitude towards the arts and culture. You will be well prepared for a research career in the areas of literature, arts and culture, both at universities and private research institutes.
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vergeleken met andere studies

zoektijd baanzeer slecht
salaris na 1,5 jaar zeer slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

Potentiële beroepen

  • literatuuronderzoeker
bron: UWV


Nadja Zadorina MA

coordinator: for all questions regarding application

Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.