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Japanese Studies

Leiden University

24 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Japanese Studies MA programme at Leiden University offers specialised knowledge on the most important aspects of modern and pre-modern Japan. Taught by leading academics, the two-year Master's in Japanese Studies at Leiden University offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of East Asia and the region.


Leiden University has one of the oldest and most established centres of Japanese Studies in the Western world. A limited number of talented and highly-motivated students are accepted into this degree programme, ensuring each student receives a high-level of direct contact with lecturers, many of whom are top researchers in their fields. Your expertise will cover a comprehensive range of topics in modern and pre-modern Japan.

The Japanese Studies MA programme at Leiden University is taught in an international classroom, where an outward-looking, interactive and stimulating approach to learning encourages students to become world citizens and first-class scholars. You will develop important skills alongside your specialised knowledge, including sophisticated analytical and critical-thinking skills and the ability to independently conduct high-quality research.

Japanese Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Asian Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

  • Account Manager at Asahi Intecc, a Japanese company that develops metal wire for medical applications
  • Analytics Assistant at Reed Elsevier, a provider of information services
  • Area Manager Asia at the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion
  • Marketing Trainee at Wakibi microcredit, a provider of microcredit
  • Service Management Consultant at a company developing software
  • Junior Project Manager at Concorde Group BV, a translation agency
  • Coordinator, International Relations at Mima City Hall
  • Consular Officer at the Dutch Embassy in Japan
  • Translator and Product Developer at Kobe Bussan, a business supermarket
  • Corporate Banking Assistant at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Japanese Language
  • Anthropology of Japan
  • Art and Power in Asia
  • Asia through Consumption
  • Constructing Digital Language Toolkits
  • Critical Approaches to Heritage Studies
  • Democratizing Histories
  • Lives on the Margins: Korean Peninsula Migration and Identity
  • Material Culture, Memory and Commemoration along the Silk Roads in Central Asia

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree,
  • Knowledge of the nature and role of as well as the ability to analyse and report on academic inquiry in the humanities or social sciences; and
  • Prior education must include completed components at the bachelor’s level (which may include the thesis) equivalent to at least 30 credits on at least three out of these six disciplines: history, art, culture, politics, society or economy of one or more East Asian countries or regions.
  • Fundamental knowledge of pre-modern and modern Japan.
  • Knowledge of japanological traditions and understanding of disciplinary-methodological issues.
  • Sufficient command of Japanese, at JLTP 2 level, with a maximum of level JLTP 1.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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