The one-year Master's Programme in Literature Today has a 60 EC study load. Please refer to the Fact Sheet as a supplement to the student website and as a guide during your academic year.


This Master’s programme offers 3 tracks:

  • Track 1: English and Comparative Literature (English spoken)
  • Track 2: Dutch Literature (mostly in Dutch)
  • Track 3: Modern Literatures in European Languages: French, German and Hispanic Literature (2 shared courses in English, a set of courses in the language of your sub-track and critical writing courses in Dutch or English)

The Course Planner contains an overview of the courses that part of your programme's exam requirements, as well useful information about individual courses. 

Course components

Courses for all students in the programme

  • Block 1: The World, the Text, the Critic
  • Block 2: Publishing: From Manuscript to Bestseller (or alternatively a Masterlanguage course)

All other courses are track-specific.

Teaching staff

The critical writing courses are co-taught by our academic faculty and renowned literary critics. In the shared course Publishing: From Manuscript to Bestseller and in the regular Lecture Seminar you will be taught by and converse with professionals from the literary field.


During the first term, you will choose a track, together with your Programme Coordinator or tutor. You can choose one of the following tracks:

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.

Making a change

In your report you can check if all your achieved results have been properly recorded and are listed under the correct heading. If you find any results under 'Other' that you would like to include in your study programme, or if you have other changes to make, follow these steps:

  • Go to Osiris Student > Cases > My cases > Start a new case by using the plus icon in the bottom right corner. 
  • A new window will open. Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off for the new window to open. 
  • Choose Request Board of Examiners. Select case type Approval courses UU or SVO changes.