Media Studies: Comparative Literature and Literary Theory

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
Leiden University's Master's in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory takes a comparative and theoretical approach to the study of literature.

This MA programme focuses on the study of literature from a comparative and theoretical perspective.

Offering a wide and diverse array of courses, this intercultural programme is not limited to the study of literature within one language or culture but covers languages and cultures from around the world.

Leiden University is an internationally-recognised centre for the study of the humanities. You learn from leading scholars in the field of literature and literary theory and access the unique and world famous resources and facilities of the Leiden University Library.

The four main themes of this programme are: Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, Interculturality (cross-cultural approach), and Intermediality (cross-mediatic approach).

An established collaboration between the Leiden Master's and the Master's in Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) allows you to exchange at least one course in the Leiden programme for a course offered by Amsterdam.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th worldwide in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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diplomaMA Mediastudies
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
Geesteswetenschappen: Jouw vooruitzicht op werk

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.
  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty recently ranked number one in Europe and 17th in the world in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking. You learn from some of the world's leading scholars in disciplines ranging from linguistics to history and literature, as well as experts from our many international partner institutions.
  • Leiden University is one of Europe's top research universities and an international centre of expertise. Students access the unique and outstanding resources of Leiden University, including its world-famous library.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence means that your qualification is respected by organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional skills, in-depth knowledge and academic abilities.

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The MA Book and Digital Media consists of two semesters, during which you earn 30 EC each semester.
The first semester consists of three courses worth 10 EC each. During the second semester you follow one course worth 10 EC and spend the rest of the semester working on your MA thesis, worth 20 EC, with the help of a faculty member.

Our courses change from year to year. All courses fall into the following four categories:

  • Tropes and Other Rhetorical Devices
  • Canonical Theoreticians
  • Genres, Text Types and Media
  • Re-writing of a Theme, Motive or Genre

An established collaboration agreement exists between the Leiden programme and the MA Programme in Literary Studies taught at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). As a result, you are free to exchange at least one course in the Leiden programme for a course offered in Amsterdam. This arrangement offers you the opportunity to follow a wide variety of literary traditions from around the world.

A detailed curriculum for the Master's in Book and Digital Media is available in the e-Prospectus, which applies to the current academic year:

For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Electives, select 3 courses
30 EC
10 EC
MA Thesis
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
The aim of this programme is to take the main elements of the bachelor's programme and explore them in greater depth. Upon graduation, you will be capable of conducting high-quality research under the supervision of a Leiden faculty member, and will possess a thorough knowledge of one of the specialist fields of study offered.
You will be able to independently gather literature and primary sources in the field, evaluate their quality, formulate clear, well-constructed research questions and report the results of your research both orally and in writing.

honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to those acquired upon graduating from the Bachelor's programme in Film and Literary Studies from Leiden University with a specialisation in Literary Studies.

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale 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.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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26505 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Prof. Ernst van Alphen
Testimonial Prof. Ernst van Alphen

“For me, literary texts are not so much interesting as an expression or reaction of a culture or period, but as a production factor which constitutes culture or subjectivity.”

“In Leiden we have chosen explicitly for the most recent period, the 19th and 20th centuries, which we study in great depth. A further choice is that we study literature in relation to art and film, using subjects such as interculturality and intermediality.

A characteristic of this Leiden master's is also that we organise two or three congresses and lectures every semester...
These kinds of activities enable students to come into contact with recent academic visions.

I am particularly fascinated by the production of literary meaning, and the role that this plays in the formation of subjectivity and cultural memory. For me, literary texts are not so much interesting as an expression or reaction of a culture or period, but as a production factor which constitutes culture or subjectivity. Naturally, I have academic sources of inspiration in this approach to literature, but even more important is the role of literature or sculpture as a source of inspiration.

I do not believe that a literary text is an 'object' which necessarily has to be subjected to academic methods; it is more of a discussion partner. I sharpen my views through comparison with literature or sculpture.”

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Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
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Book and Digital Media Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Media Studies
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Film and Photographic Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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5/13 Universiteit Leiden
Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Media Studies - NL
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Media Studies - Eng
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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8/13 Maastricht University
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
21 eerstejaars
76% vrouw
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9/13 Utrecht
Film- en televisiewetenschap
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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New Media and Digital Culture
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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11/13 UvA
Television and Cross-Media Culture
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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New Media and Digital Culture
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Film Studies
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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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

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Media Studies: Comparative Literature and Literary Theory aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 38 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Alumni of the MA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory are employed in a wide range of fields.
Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.

Our graduates have taken roles within public relations, journalism, in translation agencies, or as copywriters, correctors, education-centre directors, policy-makers in city councils and ministries, cultural representatives, editors for newspapers, librarians or editors at publishing houses. You will also be qualified to continue in academic research and could apply for a PhD programme.

Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • Trainee information specialist at a recruitment agency
  • Project manager at a translation agency
  • Content manager and web editor at a translation agency
  • Freelance writer and editor
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • Recruitment officer at a headhunting agency
  • Policy advisor at a Dutch university
  • Foreign rights manager at a publishing house
  • Journalist at a press company.

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