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African Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #67 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
The master’s in African Studies at Leiden University is an advanced area studies qualification that combines world-class scholarship with practice-based learning.
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Overview

This multidisciplinary programme in African Studies at Leiden University offers you the opportunity to learn about Africa from a wide range of perspectives: historical, literary, cultural, socio-economical and political. At Leiden, relevance and real-world issues are at the fore, which means that you get to critically analyse current events as they unfold and from a broad, comparative and global perspective. 

Multi-modal research methods and mixed methods will also be introduced to you. You also get to study the subject areas that interest you most, by choosing electives, project topics, and the focal area of your thesis.

Benefit from an international network

Within Leiden University (e.g. History Department, Linguistics) and the African Studies Centre (ASC), the MA in African Studies has a genuine area studies profile. During your studies you will gain access to the African Studies Centre’s extensive international network and high-profile events that will connect you to the leading researchers in the field.  

Careers

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What graduates do

The Master's programme in African Studies offers outstanding preparation for high-level positions in the international job market. Your degree prepares you for roles in cultural organisations, education, policy-making, tourism, development, publishing, public relations, and journalism.

Some of the positions of the alumni include:

  • Policy officer for agriculture and trade at an embassy in Ghana
  • Teacher of African languages
  • Journalist
  • Curator at a cultural 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 agency

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Researching Africa in the 21st Century 
  • Africa in Practice 
  • Language and Communication in Africa 
  • Field Assignment African Studies
  • History and Politics in Africa 
  • Thesis Seminar African Studies
  • MA Thesis African Studies
  • Literature, Art and Culture in Africa
  • Economy, Geography and Society in Africa

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in African Languages and Cultures;
  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university in the relevant programme International Studies with the area specialisation Africa;
  • Completed the pre-master's / bridging programme. Please contact the Coordinator of Studies for more information about the pre-master’s/bridging programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17496 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2088 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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