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Korean Studies (MA) (120EC)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

Our alumni can be found working within multinationals such as banks, insurance companies, and government bodies. Others have followed paths into consultancy, management, journalism, PR and marketing, tourism, and education.

Some of the occupations of our graduates include:

  • Secretary at an Embassy
  • Policy Officer at a ministry
  • Communications adviser
  • Coordinator of an Asia desk
  • Coordinator of a Korean trade mission
  • Export consultant on Korea
  • Junior policy officer, political and international relations
  • Manager of a translation and interpreting agency
  • Marketing Officer
  • Travel consultant on Korea
  • Sales manager Korea
  • Interpreter of Korean
  • Translator of Korean

Your qualifications

As a graduate of the MA in Korean Studies at Leiden University, you are qualified for careers that require a high level of fluency in Korean as well as highly developed analytical and information-handling skills.

Research Master

If you have ambitions to pursue a PhD position or career as a researcher outside of academia you can apply for the two-year Research Master in Asian Studies on completion of the programme.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Maaike de Vries

Graduated in Korean Studies (MA Asian Studies)

Maaike de Vries

"Last year, immediately after graduating the 120EC Korean Studies master, I started a dual degree PhD in Korean Studies and History of Medicine/Drugs. I decided to enroll for that specific master because I wanted to continue academic research."

A solid base for PhD research

"Although there is a research master that prepares you for a PhD track, I decided to enroll for the Korean Studies track instead. Mainly because I wanted to improve my Korean language skills and take courses at a Korean university. The master gave me a solid base for PhD research. It taught me to critically engage with primary and secondary sources (in both Korean and English) within and outside my field of interest, and it introduced me to core works in the field of Asian Studies. It also gave me the opportunity to study in South Korea."

Building my academic network

"In Korea, at Yonsei University, I enrolled in a course on Cultural Studies. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the professor who taught the course now turns out to be one of the most important individuals for leads to primary sources I need for my PhD research project. So coincidentally, deciding to do the master has helped me to start building my academic network as well."

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA Asian Studies 2015-2019.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 26.0 % Government and semi-government
  • 14.0 % Education
  • 12.0 % Financial institutions
  • 7.0 % IT
  • 7.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 5.0 % Industrial sector
  • 5.0 % Research
  • 5.0 % Consultancy
  • 5.0 % Information management

How successful are they in finding a job

  • 56.0 % found a job within two months
  • 73.0 % found their first job at academic level

Career preparation

Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career at Career preparation.

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