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African Studies (MA)

The master’s in African Studies at Leiden University is an advanced area studies qualification that combines world-class scholarship with practice-based learning.

Why study African Studies at Leiden University?

This multidisciplinary programme 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. Learn more about the study programme

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.  

Research Internship in Africa

An important part of the master's programme is a ten-week research internship at an organisation in Africa or a African related setting in Europe/The Netherlands. This is your opportunity to test your new skills and ideas in practice while gaining invaluable cultural and professional experience. For your research internship in Africa, you will receive funding from the Humanities Faculty’s Sustainable Humanities Internship Fund. Find out more about the career prospects

Admission and Application

Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme? Check the entry requirements


Read the experiences of some of our recent and current students doing an internship in Africa:

In which sector do our graduates find jobs?

  • 29 Research
  • 29 Government and semi-government
  • 14 Teaching
  • 14 Culture, sport and recreation
  • 14 Health and welfare

The graphs above is based on alumni data from the MA and Research MA African Studies 2016-2020.

NVAO accredited programme

African Studies degree

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

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