African Studies Research

2 Jahre

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Application deadline: EU/EEA students: 15 June (September intake); Non - EU/EEA students: 1 April (September intake)

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African Studies Research

The Research Master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is a multidisciplinary area study program me, which offers you the opportunity to examine the African continent in depth.

This programme combines disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular: 

  • political science 
  • anthropology 
  • economics

Within the Research MA you will focus on developing your research skills, and you will have an entire year (of which six mont hs consists of fieldwork) to execute your own research project which offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects.

You will also have access to the excellent facilities of Leiden University, and in particular those of the Africa Studies Centre (ASC) and its research library. The network of the ASC, regular seminars, conferences and projects on Africa will provide international orientation and embedding for your MA research.

Curriculum and Overview

You start with an intro duction to current debates on African Studies through two interdisciplinary courses in the fall semester (September - December): 'The field of African Studies and interdisciplinarity, part 1: Aims and results of Africanist research' and part 2 : 'Processes of Africanist Research'.

During the spring semester (February - June) you focus on a particular region on the African continent as well as you acquire an in - depth understanding of theoretical and methodological perspectives on the field of African Studies thr ough participation in the thematic course Theories and the Empirical in African Studies.

The second year is a research year. You will work under the supervision of a senior researcher from your chosen field and wil l have access to specialist international academic connections. Your research project will be carried out in collaboration with a university in Africa, an organisation – such as an NGO or ministry - , a museum or a specialised archive.

You will conclude your research by producing a thesis, policy document or Ph.D. research proposal. Hands - on research seminars will guide you through the writing - up phase.

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus:

Job and Career prospects

The Research Master's programme in African Studies will qualify you to work in governmental policy - making departments, with NGOs involved in development cooperation projects, with international organisations, or in research, management, education, journalism or public relations.

Our alumni work at various organisations, including idealistic organisations, publishers, museums and socio - cultural establishments. Alumni have worked within publishers such as Brill, idealistic organisations such as the Maisha Mema Child Sponsorship programme and the Tosan development project.

Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include: 

  • Editorial & production manager 
  • Policy officer for agriculture and trade at an embassy in Ghana 
  • Teacher of African languages 
  • Journalist
  • Manager of a translation and/or interpreting agency 
  • Project Manager at an NGO in Africa 
  • PhD candidate at a university in Australia 
  • Team leader at a human rights organisation 
  • Digital marketing manager at a translation agency

Do you want to apply for the master´s programme at Leiden University? Find out how to apply by following the step-by-step guide:

About Leiden University

Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open - minded and crit ical attitude from you.

We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!

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