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Politics, Society and Economy of Asia (MA) (60EC)

Career prospects

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

What our graduates do

Graduates of the MA in Politics, Society and Economy of Asia can offer expertise that is highly relevant to many organisations today. A selection of roles in which expertise on Asia is desirable include professions in journalism, publishing, international trade, marketing, business, public relations, education, development aid, and in government, multinationals and NGOs.

Some of the occupations of our graduates include:

  • Account manager at a translation agency
  • Project manager at a trading and consultancy company in India
  • Owner of a consultancy firm
  • Consultant at a defence and security company
  • Communications officer at an animation studio in Japan
  • Relations management officer at an organisation promoting internationalisation in education
  • Editor at an academic publishing house
  • Content editor at a booking website

Research Master's

If you aspire to pursue a PhD position or career as a researcher outside of academia you can apply for the two-year Research Master's 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.

Omid Anwari

Graduated in Politics, Society and Economy of Asia (MA Asian Studies)

Omid Anwari

"I didn’t want to limit myself during my studies. So alongside my BA programme I followed courses in journalism and business studies. During my master’s programme in Asian Studies I did a communication internship at the Municipality of Almere and I also did the Leiden Leadership Programme. I learned about how to lead, motivate and reward people, and how to stand in front of a group. And these skills are precisely what I need now."

Understanding various cultures, traditions and languages

"I really enjoy teaching Dutch to children in the international access class at the Da Vinci College. They have just arrived in the Netherlands and can’t yet attend the regular classes. My degree helps me understand the various cultures, traditions and languages of my pupils – the majority of them come from the Middle East. I myself came from Afghanistan to the Netherlands at the age of 13, so I know what if feels like to be in their shoes. And they in mine. So the circle is complete."

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

In which sector do students find jobs

  • 15.9 % Education
  • 10.9 % ICT
  • 10.9 % Research
  • 7.9 % Consulting
  • 5.0 % Banking
  • 5.0 % Communication
  • 44.6 % Miscellaneous

How successful are students at finding a job

  • 63.0 % found a job within two months
  • 68.0 % found their first job at academic level

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