12 months
18300 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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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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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.  


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:

  • Africa in Practice 
  • Language and Communication in Africa 
  • Field Assignment African Studies
  • History and Politics in Africa 
  • Literature, Art and Culture in Africa
  • Economy, Geography and Society in Africa

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

    18300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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