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Asian Studies (MA)

The Master’s in Asian Studies at Leiden University is your opportunity to earn a specialised qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Why study Asian Studies at Leiden University?

The Asian Studies master's programme offers one-year specialisations in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the History, Arts and Culture of Asia, and the Politics, Society and Economy of Asia, as well as two-year specialisations in China, Japan*, Korea. Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned and spans the whole of Asia. Small classes give you direct and regular contact with your lecturers, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research worldwide.

During your studies you have the opportunity to develop your fluency in a classical or modern language. You also have the option to take an intensive modern Indonesian language course.

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What are your career prospects?

As a graduate of the MA in Asian Studies, you are qualified to work within a variety of fields where there is a demand for expertise in Asia, including journalism and publishing, international trade and marketing, business, public relations, education and development aid, and in government, international organisations and NGOs.

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Is Asian Studies the programme for you?

Do you feel invested in Asian culture, history, politics and/or arts? Expand your knowledge by choosing one of our specialisations in Asian Studies. Will it be Chinese Studies? Or maybe a broader focus such as the specialisation Southeast Asia Studies? Find the programme which suits your interests best within the eight different programmes Leiden University has to offer. Do you want to find out if you are eligible for this Master's Programme?

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