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Korean Studies (MA) (120EC)

The Master’s in Korean Studies at Leiden University offers specialised, in-depth study of the cultural and societal issues of pre-modern and modern Korea.

Please note: The two-year Korean Studies programme has a maximum of 12 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 Korean 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 have no restriction on the number of available places.

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Why study Korean Studies at Leiden University?

Leiden University opened the first centre dedicated to Korean studies in Western Europe in 1947. This centre has since gone from strength-to-strength, with academics participating in high-profile research projects around the world. The Korean Studies master’s, a specialisation of the MA Asian Studies, capitalises on this expertise in every way, bringing you a master's programme that is on par with the world's very best.

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Explore Korea from a broad range of perspectives

This master's offers students an expansive curriculum from which to choose and subsequently customise their learning. Study South Korea from diverse disciplinary perspectives – at times using original source materials – from its religion and popular culture to its modern and contemporary history. Enrich your learning with access to the world-class resources of the Leiden University Library and its famous collection of Asian artifacts.

Admission and Application

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Study in South Korea

Two semesters of your degree will be spent studying at one of our partner universities in South Korea, such as the Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University, or Yonsei University. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in South Korean culture, language, and society, while developing a host of new skills that will prepare you for real-world success after your master's degree.

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Learn from acclaimed researchers

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. This means that you will learn from scholars at the leading edge of research on pre-modern and modern Korea. Small classes allow for direct contact with these lecturers and the opportunity to share and debate your ideas with classmates. At Leiden, every individual counts, which is why all students receive one-on-one support and mentoring from lecturers throughout their studies.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 26 Government and semi-government
  • 14 Education
  • 12 Financial institutions
  • 7 IT
  • 7 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 5 Industrial sector
  • 5 Research
  • 5 Consultancy
  • 5 Information management
  • 14 Other

The graph is based on alumni data from the MA Asian Studies 2016-2020.

Korean Studies Studies degree

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

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