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Politics, Society and Economy of Asia

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Politics, Society and Economy of Asia MA programme at Leiden University takes a social science approach to the study of one or more countries or regions in modern or contemporary Asia.


Learn about the most important forces at play in Asia today. This Politics, Society and Economy of Asia MA programme at Leiden University offers you both the flexibility to define your focus and an expansive curriculum of relevant topics from which to choose. Select your country or region, and explore it from diverse disciplinary perspectives – often using original source materials – including modern history, sociology, development economics, media studies, political science, international relations and anthropology.

Many organisations today rely on translators to communicate with foreign organisations. Knowledge of an Asian language is highly valued by global organisations and can pave the way to a host of new career opportunities. Knowledge of an Asian language is not required for this master, but you have the option of taking an intensive modern language course in Japanese, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean or Hindi.

Career prospects

  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Anthropology of Japan
  • Asia through Consumption
  • China-Africa Relations in a Changing Global Order
  • China's International Political Economy
  • Economic Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia
  • Lives on the Margins: Korean Peninsula Migration and Identity
  • The Politics of Digital East Asia
  • Approaches to East Asian Cinema
  • China and Global Cyberspace

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university with specialisation: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies or South and Southeast Asian Studies

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 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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