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Comparative Literary Studies

Universiteit Utrecht

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In this Research Master's programme, you study the role of literature in modern societies and its continuing role in the changing media landscapes of the modern world.

Comparative Literary Studies involves the transnational study of literature from a theoretically informed perspective. The Utrecht programme is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation.
This Research Master's programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. As a student in this programme, you will learn to analyse the ways in which literature interacts with (and reflects on) its cultural and social environment against the background of globalisation and new media technologies.

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master's Selection Guide 2015 ranked Utrecht University's Comparative Literary Studies programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 10512 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 15575 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


The study programme consists of compulsory courses and electives. All core courses are designed to develop an awareness of current debates within literary studies and knowledge of the most important theories and methodologies. You will practice formulating research questions and conducting research.
You can take electives in different formats, such as seminars from related Research Master's programmes.

instruction modes

Lectures; seminars; independent study.

job perspective

CLS prepares you for a range of different careers that require advanced academic skills and expertise in the field of literature and knowledge of the contemporary media landscape. You can pursue a PhD in the international field of literary studies. You can also pursue a non-academic career requiring advanced skills in analysing and managing textual information or specific knowledge of literature in an international context (publishing, cultural and educational policy, heritage institutions).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MA (Master of Arts)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MA (Master of Arts)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120