African Studies (research) (MA)
The research master's in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the long-term fieldwork in Africa.
Why study African Studies (research) at Leiden University?
The two year’s research master’s programme in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences, combining perspectives from history, literary studies, anthropology, political science and economics, among others. As a result you have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge about different aspects of the African continent and its peoples, while being challenged to go beyond the boundary constraints of any of the more traditional disciplines focusing on Africa. Small classes ensure that you have plenty of direct contact with your lecturers and a high level of guidance and support throughout your studies.
An important aspect of this programme is developing your ability to conduct original and interdisciplinary fieldwork research. You have the opportunity to spend six months doing fieldwork research in Africa or an Africa-related setting elsewhere, and six months to analyse, write and publish your own research project. For your fieldwork research in Africa you will have access to two university funds to get financial support, the Ulhenbeck and Lustra+ funds.
What are your career prospects?
The research master's programme in African Studies will qualify you to work to undertake PhD research or work at institutes for applied research, or as a policy maker or consultant for Africa oriented organisations worldwide. It could also prepare you for high-level positions in international business or diplomacy.
Is African Studies (research) the programme for you?
Do you want to gain knowledge on different themes and regions on the African continent and learn how to embed this thematic and regional knowledge in a broad set of theoretical perspectives? Then this is the programme for you. Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?