African Studies

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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

The master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is a multidisciplinary area study programme, which offers you the opportunity to examine the Africa n continent in depth.

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

  • political science 
  • anthropology 
  • economics

In line with current approaches to t he study of Africa, you will study the people and cultures of Afri ca from an African perspective. Part of the programme is dedicated to an internship in Africa, which offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights int o working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects.

Also you 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

The programme is divided into two semesters, and is structured as follows:

Fall semester (September - January): The first semester is devoted to group teaching and serves to both broaden and deepen the student's knowledge of Africa as we ll as to prepare for the MA - thesis.

Spring semester (February - June): You are advised to go to Af rica in the beginning of the second semester, for a field assignment. The field assignment includes a period of internship linked to the research topic of your MA thesis. From April onwards, when you have “returned from the field”, you will start writing y our MA thesis which is based on your own original research.

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

Job and Career prospects

The master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University prepares you for high - level positions on the international job market. You will be able 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 relat ions.

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 * Curator - at a cult ural institution 
  • 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 ag ency 

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 c an 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 fr om 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 potent ial. 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 wit h 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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