Chinese Studies (MA)
Taught by top researchers from a wide range of disciplines, the MA in Chinese Studies at Leiden University combines in-depth knowledge with advanced language proficiency.
Explore China from a broad range of perspectives
Designed for ambitious and talented students, the master’s programme in Chinese Studies, a specialisation of the MA in Asian Studies, brings you the best of Leiden's acclaimed faculty and resources. You will study China from a broad range of perspectives using a comparative and global viewpoint.
Develop your research and language skills
During your studies you will develop advanced skills in critical and analytical thinking and the ability to independently conduct high-quality academic research. You will also acquire an excellent command of Mandarin (and, in the case of certain specialisations, of Classical Chinese), a deep understanding of the country’s internal and external dynamics, and a starting point for contextualising China within Asia.
Study in China
Two semesters of your degree are spent studying at the prestigious Shandong University in Jinan, China, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, language, and society.
Learn from acclaimed researchers
Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. You will learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field. Small classes allow for direct contact with your lecturers, who offer insights from the leading edge of Asia-related research.
Please note: The two-year Chinese Studies programme has a maximum of 30 places; the Admissions Board ranks the requests on the fulfilment of the Admission Requirements.
It is also possible to focus on Chinese Studies as part of the two-year Research Master’s programme in Asian Studies and the one-year East Asian Studies programme. East Asian Studies and the Research Master's have no restriction on the number of available places.