The Master of Arts in Western Literature is a unique programme aimed at the comparative study of literature in different Western traditions, from the Classical Period to the present. KU Leuven, one of the oldest universities in Europe and located at the heart of a multi-lingual society, is a unique location for a programme that focuses on the dynamic interactions between various literatures, languages, and cultures, as well as on intercultural and international aspects of literature.
This Master's degree programme stands out both nationally and internationally by its advanced degree of specialisation and its unique comparative and multilingual perspective. This programme can also be taken part-time.
Specialists in various national literatures and in literary theory closely collaborate to ensure the high level and quality of the courses. The programme's broad spectrum of national literatures allows you to combine these in your own unique way and thus to deepen your knowledge, à la carte. At the same time, this advanced level of specialisation is thoroughly combined with a broad comparative and theoretical perspective. Finally, the concept of 'Western' literatures is thoroughly examined and questioned against the background of more general social, political, and cultural perspectives, both from historical and contemporary points of view.
International Student Requirements:
Direct admission:- Bachelor in Linguistics and Literature. After admission: Students with a degree other than 'Bachelor in de taal- en letterkunde' (e.g. Bachelor's degree in a modern language, including literary theory) are required to submit a file showing substantial academic background in the field of study.