M.A. On Campus

Chinese Studies

Leiden University

24 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Taught by top researchers from a wide range of disciplines, the Chinese Studies MA programme at Leiden University combines in-depth knowledge with advanced language proficiency.


Designed for ambitious and talented students, the Chinese Studies MA programme at Leiden University brings you the best of Leiden's acclaimed faculty and resources. You will study China from a broad range of perspectives using a comparative and global viewpoint.

During your studies you will develop advanced skills in critical and analytical thinking and the ability to independently conduct high-quality academic research.  You will also acquire an excellent command of Mandarin (and, in the case of certain specialisations, of Classical Chinese), a deep understanding of the country’s internal and external dynamics, and a starting point for contextualising China within Asia.

Our graduates frequently find employment in policy-making occupations and are sought-after within the world of commerce. We have alumni working in management positions in NGOs, multinationals and SMEs in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia.

You may also find employment as a journalist, correspondent, public relations manager, travel guide, interpreter or translator. We have graduates working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Southern Airlines, Gassan Schiphol and Reformatorisch Dagblad.

Learn from acclaimed researchers

  • Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. 
  • You will learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field. 
  • Small classes allow for direct contact with your lecturers, who offer insights from the leading edge of Asia-related research.

Programme Structure

Your first semester of the programme will be taken at Leiden University, where you will take the following courses:
  • The core course Introduction to Asian Studies, which explores the place of Asian Studies in the larger field of Area Studies and among the many disciplines represented in Asian Studies;
  • A Thesis Class that delivers a grounding in the specific methodological and disciplinary approach most relevant to your expected thesis topic;
  • Electives, e.g. Modern China, Chinese art, Chinese linguistics, etc.;
  • Advanced Language Training in Modern Chinese, with the possibility of taking Classical Chinese should your specialisation require it.

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 China;
  • Knowledge of sinological traditions and understanding of disciplinary-methodological issues.
  • Sufficient command of Chinese, at least 250 points from HSK Test (Level 4), 180 points from HSK Test (Level 5), or TOCFL (Level 3).

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.


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