Why study at VU University Amsterdam
Young and dynamic staff
The courses in the Master Programme: English Literature in a Visual Culture are closely linked to the research expertise of the teachers. While the staff is one of the youngest in the country, all the members are internationally recognized for their research. Moreover, three of our teachers, Dr. Kristine Steenbergh, Dr. Anita Raghunath, and Prof.dr. Diederik Oostdijk, won the Faculty Teaching Prize in 2009, 2010, and 2012 respectively. With the exception of Literature and Society, which is a lecture series, all courses are seminars, creating a lively exchange of ideas between teacher and students.
Each year, the programme attracts a number of students from abroad. About half the students in our courses are Dutch, while the other have come from neighbouring countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom, but also from diverse countries such as – in the past couple of years – Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States of America. This spectrum of backgrounds makes for a large variety of perspectives during the class discussions, generating surprising insights for students and teachers alike.
VU University Amsterdam offers a number of fellowship programmes for excellent and highly motivated students, both on Bachelor and Master level. For more information on the possibilities, click here.
Accreditation and degree
The quality of this Master programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organization of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) – the official, independent body that monitors and guards the quality assurance system of VU University Amsterdam. This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Master degree in English Literature and the title of Master of Arts (MA).
Through systematic and periodic comparison and evaluation, VU University Amsterdam ensures that its educational programmes on both the Bachelor and Master level, and the organization thereof, meet national and international standards. Peer reviews and evaluations are at the core of the university’s system of quality assurance, in which students, academic staff, alumni and (future) employers of graduates are closely involved.
For more information on studying at VU University Amsterdam, click here.