Chinese Studies (MA) (120EC)
Taught by top researchers from a wide range of disciplines, the MA Chinese Studies at Leiden University combines in-depth knowledge with advanced language proficiency.
Start in September 2024
The deadline for applications for September 2023 is closed. The next starting date will be September 2024.
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. The application deadline is 1st April for all students.
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.
One of the main objectives of the two-year programme Chinese Studies is to enhance Chinese language proficiency. We strongly advise native speakers to apply for the Research Master’s programme in Asian Studies or the specialisations History, Arts and Culture or Politics, Society and Economy.
Why study Chinese Studies at Leiden University?
Designed for ambitious and talented students, the master’s 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. 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.
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.
What are your career prospects?
Our graduates frequently find employment in policy-making occupations and are sought-after within the world of commerce. We have alumni working in management positions in NGOs, multinationals and SMEs in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. You may also find employment as a journalist, correspondent, public relations manager, travel guide, interpreter or translator. We have graduates working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Southern Airlines, Gassan Schiphol and Reformatorisch Dagblad.
Is Chinese Studies the programme for you?
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