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Korean Studies (MA)

Part of
Asian Studies (MA)

The MA Korean Studies at Leiden University offers specialised and in-depth knowledge on the cultural and societal issues of pre-modern and modern Korea.

Join a leading centre of expertise in Korean Studies

Leiden University opened the first centre dedicated to Korean studies in Western Europe in 1947. The department has since gone from strength-to-strength. Staff at the centre participate in high-profile research projects with colleagues from around the world and sit on a variety of editorial and advisory boards. The Korean Studies programme, a specialisation of the MA in Asian Studies, capitalises on Leiden University's position as Europe's leading centre of expertise on Korean studies.

Explore Korea from a broad range of perspectives

You will study Korea from diverse disciplinary perspectives – at times using original source materials – from its religion and popular culture to its modern and contemporary history. You will also have access to the world-class resources of the Leiden University Library and its famous collection of Asian artifacts.

Study in South Korea

Two semesters of your degree are spent studying at one of our partner universities in South Korea, such as the Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University or Yonsei University.

Learn from acclaimed researchers

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. You will learn from scholars at the leading edge of research on pre-modern and modern Korea. Small classes allow for direct contact with your lecturers. 

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.

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.