The Asian Studies programme at Leiden University offers one-year specialisations in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the History, Arts and Culture of Asia, and the Politics, Society and Economy of Asia, as well as two-year specialisations in China, Japan, Korea.
Customise your degree
With an expansive curriculum and flexible programme format, the MA in Asian Studies allows you to tailor your degree to reflect your interests or career ambitions. Choose to focus on a language and a single country, or on a specific discipline and region, with access to an unmatched range of diverse electives.
What our graduates do
As a graduate of the MA in Asian Studies, you are qualified to work within a variety of fields where there is a demand for expertise in Asia, including journalism and publishing, international trade and marketing, business, public relations, education and development aid, and in government, international organisations and NGOs.
Some of the occupations of our graduates include:
- Account manager at a translation agency
- Project manager at a trading and consultancy company in India
- Owner of a consultancy firm
- Consultant at a defence and security company
- Communications officer at an animation studio in Japan
- Relations management officer at an organisation promoting internationalisation in education
- Editor at an academic publishing house
- Content editor at a booking website
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- Chinese Studies (MA)
- East Asian Studies (MA)
- History, Arts and Culture of Asia (MA)
- Japanese Studies (MA)
- Korean Studies (MA)
- Politics, Society and Economy of Asia (MA)
- South Asian Studies (MA)
- Southeast Asian Studies (MA)
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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We are not aware of any academic requirements 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.
International17716 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17716 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA1084 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1084 EUR per year during 12 months.
- Second Dutch master’s programme: €13,616 per year
Living costs for Leiden
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.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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