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The role of literary texts and images in society

Once you have completed the Master's programme in Literary Studies, you will be able to critically analyse literary expressions, you will understand the dynamics between literature and visual culture, and you will know how important it is to interpret literary expressions within a certain context.

As a result, you will be widely employable in virtually the entire cultural sector. You will not only be able to work as a teacher, translator or editor, but you will also be qualified for a job in publishing. Because we continuously focus on developing your research skills, you will also be well-prepared for a PhD or research position at a university in the Netherlands or abroad.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Entering the job market

As a Literary Studies graduate, you can work in the broad literary-cultural field. Possible positions include: 

  • editor at a publishing house 
  • consultant for a cultural-literary programme
  • journalist at a newspaper or magazine
  • literary specialist at a library 
  • organiser of a literary festival
  • communications officer at a governmental or non-governmental cultural institution

Did you know that there is a shortage of secondary school teachers in the Netherlands? After completing the Master's programme in Literary Studies, you can follow the one-year Master's programme Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen. This will provide you with the official qualifications to teach Dutch or English in the Netherlands, not only in secondary schools, but also in adult education.