The Master's Programme Literature Today lasts for one year and 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.


The first thing you decided when enrolling as a student of this Master’s programme was which of the three tracks you wish to follow:

Track 1:           English and Comparative Literature

Track 2:           Dutch Literature

Track 3:           Modern Literatures in European Languages: French, German and Hispanic Literature

Course components

Each track offers the opportunity to profile yourself according to your own interests and expertise, with a set of courses to choose from. All students in all tracks follow the courses The World, the Text, the Critic (block 1) and most of you also Publishing: From Manuscript to Bestseller (block 2), both taught in English. That way you will get to know and exchange ideas with all students enrolled in the programme. Apart from these two, all other courses are track-specific.  All courses in track 1 are taught in English and focus on English and Comparative Literature. All courses in track 2 (apart from the two shared courses) are taught in Dutch and focus on Dutch literature. Students in track 3 follow the two shared courses in English, a set of courses in the language of their sub-track (3a. French; 3b. German; 3c. Hispanic) and they can choose between critical writing courses in Dutch or English. The critical writing courses are co-taught by our academic faculty and renowned literary critics. Also, 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.

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!

During the first term of your programme you choose the contents of your study path, together with your Programme Coordinator or tutor. You can choose one of the following study paths:

All courses are taught in English and focus on English and Comparative Literature.

All courses (apart from the two shared courses The World, the Text, the Critic and Publishing: From Manuscript to Classic) are taught in Dutch and focus on Dutch literature.

All electives/language focus courses are language specific; the courses shared across tracks (The World, the Text, the Critic and Publishing: From Manuscript to Classic) are taught in English; and students have a choice between English and Dutch as language of instruction in the core theory course in block 2 and the critical writing course in block 1.


To fulfil your compulsory choice components, you may choose to enrol in a selection of the national Masterlanguage (MaLa) programme. See the course overview below. As an alternative to an internship, you can also follow courses in the nation-wide Masterlanguage programme. If you wish to enrol in a Masterlanguage course, please consult the programme coordinator for details! 

More information regarding Masterlanguage can be found at their website: This is also the place where you need to enroll in the courses.

Track 1: English and Comparative Literature
Block 2: Shakespeare for teachers

Track 2: Nederlandse literatuur
Block 2: Moderne Letterkunde in de klas
Block 3: Historische Letterkunde in de klas

Track 3: Modern Literature French, German, Spanish
Block 2: Un auteur, une oeuvre
Block 3: Communication Interculturelle
Block 3: Le defi de la traduction

Block 2: Kultur und medien
Block 3: Kultur und kritik

Block 2: La imago del mundo hispánico en Europa
Block 3: Violencia y literatura latinoamerico

Beware: In case you want to enroll in other MaLa courses you have to obtain permission from the program coordinator as well as the board of examiners.
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Entry Requirements

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

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. See the example (pdf, in Ducth) for an explanation of the Study Progress Report.

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.