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MA African Studies

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program Description

MA african studies

MA African Studies - Leiden University

In this multidisciplinary area study programme you examine the African continent in depth and from a variety of perspectives.

Combine disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular political science, anthropology, and economics. You study the people and cultures of Africa from an African perspective.

  • You follow an internship in Africa, which offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects. You have the opportunity to get into communication, media imagination, historical and economic development of Africa and to enter in contact with practitioners from the world of business, NGOs, and diplomacy.
  • Within the compact time frame of only one year, you will take six months of courses, do a three month internship, and write your thesis.
  • You have access to the excellent facilities of Leiden University, and in particular those of the Africa Studies Centre 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.
  • The courses are especially designed for these masters and have a clear interdisciplinary approach. You will be guided and supervised by ASCand LU staff with various area and disciplinary expertise, including history, literature and film studies, anthropology, economy, geography and politics.
  • As the only one year African Studies Master’s with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or the ability to demonstrate that the candidate meets the requirements for such a degree, including the General Academic Skills.
  • Qualities in the field of knowledge, understanding and skills comparable to those acquired upon graduating from the Bachelor’s program in African Language and Cultures at Leiden University.
  • Specifically: applicants should have completed components worth at least 30 credits in language, literature, culture, history, economics and/or social sciences as related to Africa.
  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Leiden University who have completed all area courses for Africa are considered to have fulfilled these requirements.
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

Degree & diploma

Master of Arts in African Studies

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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