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Pre-master Final Assignment Literary Studies


Admission requirements

Admission to the Pre-master Literary Studies. Following the thesis seminar is obligatory.


You conclude the Pre-master programme by writing a final assigment. Once your assigment has been approved, you will receive a mark. If you wish to have an evaluation meeting with your supervisor, you can request one.
The final assigment is worth 10 ECTS and must be between approx. 7,500 and a maximum of 10,000 words in length, including footnotes, bibliography and appendix.

** For tips, a more detailed description of the procedure and for more information about graduation, see the website. Please note that the deadline to submit the topics of your choice is 20 August when you write your final assigment in the first semester and 10 January when you write your final assigment in the second semester.

Course objectives

To be determined in consultation with the supervisor, according to the Course and Examination Regulations (OER). See the website website.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Obligatory Library instruction, thesis seminar and independent research.
You can also use this digital module from Leiden University Libraries at the start of your final assigment.

Assessment method


Independently written final assigment.

The final assigment will be assessed on at least the following aspects:
a. an adequate formulation and application of the research question;
b. an adequate critical analysis of secondary literature;
c. an adequate critical analysis of source material;
d. use of language, structure and design of the final assigment.

You must submit the final version of the final assigment by e-mail to your supervisor. When doing so, you must put the e-mail address of BAthesis in cc. If the supervisor request a paper copy, the student should hand in a paper copy to the supervisor.


The final assigment counts for 100% of the mark.


If your final assigment does not demonstrate the learning outcomes, you can resit it once. You must submit the revised version before the end of the first month of the following semester. For more information, see the website.

Discussion of the final assigment

At student’s request.

Reading list

In consultation with supervisor.


The thesis request form and plagiarism statement are available from the Education Administration Office or through the website.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Student administration Arsenaal


Not applicable.