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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, anthropological, literary, socio-linguistic, cultural, geographical socio-economic 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 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. During your studies you will gain access to the African Studies Centre Leiden’s extensive international network and high-profile events that will connect you to the leading researchers in the field. 

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What are your career prospects?

This Master’s programme in African Studies offers outstanding preparation for high-level positions in the international job market. Your degree prepares you for roles in cultural organisations, education, policy-making, business, development, publishing, public relations, and journalism.

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Is African Studies the programme for you?

Are you interested in African culture and societies and do you want to dive into the history, literature, socio-economical and political state of this continent? Then this might be the programme for you. Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme? 

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