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Asian Studies (MA)


The MA in Asian Studies at Leiden University offers an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Choose from eight specialisations

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 and two-year specialisations in China, Japan, Korea.

Learn from internationally-acclaimed scholars

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.

Customise your degree

With an expansive curriculum and flexible programme formats, you can tailor the curriculum to reflect your interests or career ambitions. Choose to focus on a language and a single country, or on a specific discipline and region. You can also choose from a broad range of electives.

Develop your language fluency

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

Benefit from our unique resources

All Asian Studies programmes make the most of Leiden University's world-class resources, including its famous and unique collections of Asian artifacts.