The Research Master's Programme Comparative Literary Studies lasts for two years and has a 120 EC study load. Please refer to the Fact Sheet as a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your academic years.

Curriculum

The Course planner contains an overview of the courses in your study programme's exam requirements, including useful information about individual courses. Do not forget to select the proper academic year from the pull-down menu!

Below you will find a more detailed description of your curriculum.

Your mentor and/or the programme coordinator are available if you require assistance selecting your courses. As a student of this programme, you may also take the supplementary course Academic Writing in English.

  First semester (Sept - Jan) Second semester (Feb - June)  

Year 1

Core Curriculum, Research School I and an elective

 

 

 

First Term (15 EC)

Core Theories; Thinking Literature; Humanities Today

Second Term (15 EC)

Literature in the Postcolony; Media Materialities; Cultural Memory and Citizenship

 

First Term (15 EC)

Research Lab; Distant Reading; Masterclas I and II

Second Term (15 EC)   

Research Lab part II; Aesthetics of the Posthuman; Research School I

Humanities Lecture Serie       

Year 2

Study Abroad, Internship and/or more electives
as well as Research School II and the Master's Thesis

First  and Second Term (30 EC)

Study Abroad; Research School II; Electives; Internship

 

 

First and Second Term (30 EC)

Master's Thesis and Graduate Conference

 

 

 

 

Entry Requirements

Look carefully at the entry requirements of the courses and whether there is a placement committee.

Profiles

You may choose one of the following profiles:

Students of Comparative Literary Studies are actively encouraged to spend a semester abroad in their second year of study and, in doing so, to avail of the many exchange agreements on offer. In this profile your study programme consists of:

  • Core Curriculum (50 EC)
    • Period 1
      • Core Theories and Current Debates (5 EC)
      • Thinking Literature: Creative Forms of Knowledge (5 EC)
      • Humanities Today (5 EC)
    • Period 2
      • Literature Across Cultures (5 EC)
      • Media Materialities (5 EC)
      • Cultural Memory and Citizenship (5 EC)
    • Period 3
      • Masterclasses: Work in Progress (10 EC)
      • Distant Reading: Digital Tools and Textual Analysis (2.5 EC)
    • Period 3 & 4
      • Research Lab: Tools, Methods, Design (7.5 EC)
  • Research School (5 EC)
    The different universities in the Netherlands have combined forces to create national research schools. The research school closest to this programme The Netherlands Research School for Literary StudiesOther research schools that may be of interest are NICAthe Huizinga Institute and the Netherlands Research School for Gender StudiesAt the start of your programme, you will be asked to register for the Research School of your choice. It is always possible (subject to availability) to follow courses and seminars at other Research Schools.
    • Period 1, 2, 3, 4
      • Research School I (5 EC)
      • Research School II (5 EC) 
  • Electives (5 EC)
    You can check the Research Masters Electives Humanities site to see which electives you can follow. 
  • Across the Border (30 EC)
  • Master’s Thesis (30 EC)
    • Research MA Thesis Comparative Literary Studies

Students who do not plan to go abroad, follow electives for a total of 40 ECTS. This should include 10 EC from a Research School in the Netherlands (this does not apply to students who follow 30 EC at a university abroad, in which case they may limit themselves to 5 EC at a research school).

  • Core Curriculum (50 EC)
    • Period 1
      • Core Theories and Current Debates (5 EC)
      • Thinking Literature: Creative Forms of Knowledge (5 EC)
      • Humanities Today (5 EC)
    • Period 2
      • Literature Across Cultures (5 EC)
      • Media Materialities (5 EC)
      • Cultural Memory and Citizenship (5 EC)
    • Period 3
      • Masterclasses: Work in Progress (10 EC)
      • Distant Reading: Digital Tools and Textual Analysis (2.5 EC)
    • Period 3 & 4
      • Research Lab: Tools, Methods, Design (7.5 EC)
  • Research School (10 EC)
    The different universities in the Netherlands have combined forces to create national research schools. The research school closest to this programme The Netherlands Research School for Literary StudiesOther research schools that may be of interest are NICAthe Huizinga Institute and the Netherlands Research School for Gender StudiesAt the start of your programme, you will be asked to register for the Research School of your choice. It is always possible (subject to availability) to follow courses and seminars at other Research Schools.
    • Period 1, 2, 3, 4
      • Research School I (5 EC)
      • Research School II (5 EC)​
  • Electives (30 EC)
    • RMA modules offered by the faculty of Humanities (check the Research Masters Electives Humanities site to see which electives you can follow)
    • modules from the one-year master Literature Today (on condition that the number of EC from that master does not exceed 15 EC)
    • modules offered by the national Research schools
    • modules from a related graduate programme at another faculty in the Netherlands or abroad (subject to approval by the examinations committee)​
  • Master’s Thesis (30 EC)
    • Research MA Thesis Comparative Literary Studies

As a student in the research master Comparative Literary Studies you may follow an internship (for a maximum of 15 EC) as one of your electives. 

  • Core Curriculum (50 EC)
    • Period 1
      • Core Theories and Current Debates (5 EC)
      • Thinking Literature: Creative Forms of Knowledge (5 EC)
      • Humanities Today (5 EC)
    • Period 2
      • Literature Across Cultures (5 EC)
      • Media Materialities (5 EC)
      • Cultural Memory and Citizenship (5 EC)
    • Period 3
      • Masterclasses: Work in Progress (10 EC)
      • Distant Reading: Digital Tools and Textual Analysis (2.5 EC)
    • Period 3 & 4
      • Research Lab: Tools, Methods, Design (7.5 EC)
  • Research School (10 EC)
    The different universities in the Netherlands have combined forces to create national research schools. The research school closest to this programme The Netherlands Research School for Literary StudiesOther research schools that may be of interest are NICAthe Huizinga Institute and the Netherlands Research School for Gender StudiesAt the start of your programme, you will be asked to register for the Research School of your choice. It is always possible (subject to availability) to follow courses and seminars at other Research Schools.
    • Period 1, 2, 3, 4
      • Research School I (5 EC)
      • Research School II (5 EC)
  • Electives (15 EC)
    You can check the Research Masters Electives Humanities site to see which electives you can follow.
  • Internship (15 EC)
  • Master’s Thesis (30 EC)
    • Research MA Thesis Comparative Literary Studies

Exam requirements

When you start this programme, you will be registered for its exam programme. This is a 'translation' of the exam requirements described in the Education and Examination Regulations. In order to complete your Master's programme you will need to meet the exam requirements.

Study Progress Report (SPR)

Your study progress report lists all of your current results, and tells you how far along you are in meeting your exam requirements. View your study progress report in OSIRIS > tab Progress.

If you wish to deviate from the curriculum, you must first ask your programme’s Board of Examiners for approval or exemption. In case your request is granted, the changes will be processed in OSIRIS and integrated into your exam programme and Study Progress Review.

In order to graduate, you will need to meet your programme's exam requirements as described in the Education and Examination Regulations. Based on these criteria and your Study Progress Review, the Board of Examiners determines whether you have graduated. The courses that are listed on your Study Progress Review will appear on the International Diploma Supplement (IDS), the attachment that you receive with your diploma. Note that courses listed under the heading ‘Results-Other’ are not part of the examination syllabus and do not appear on the IDS.

If you have questions about your Study Progress Review or find errors in it, contact the Student Desk Humanities.