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Asian Studies (research) (MA)

The research master's in Asian Studies gives you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia, from their politics and literature to their languages.

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Why study Asian Studies (research) in Leiden University?

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's research MA Asia Studies offers access to unique resources and expertise. Asian Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for excellence that is unmatched in Europe. You can choose subjects from a curriculum that spans the entire Asian region, both in geography and time. Learn more about the study programme

Flexibility to construct your own programme

You will be able to focus your studies on a country or region, such as China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia, or on a discipline, such as politics, religion, art and material culture, or languages and literature, with the option to work with a primary language. A comparative, area studies approach to learning encourages a broader, contextual understanding of the issues at hand. The programme not only encourages intra-Asian comparisons, but cooperates closely with the MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) programme. This cooperation is formalised, for example, through a common introductory course on Area Studies.

Admission and Application

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

Field research in or on Asia

The courses in the first year of the programme develop your academic skills to an advanced level. In the second year, you will do research on a topic related to Asia and, where appropriate and possible, in a specific place in Asia. You may also combine this research with attending courses at another top university, here or abroad. 

In which sectors do students find jobs?

  • 29 Education
  • 29 Government and semi-government
  • 14 Research
  • 14 IT
  • 14 Culture, sports and recreation

The graph above is based on alumni data from the Research Master Asian Studies 2016-2020.

Asian Studies (research) degree

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

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