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South Asian Studies (MA) (60EC)

Career prospects

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

What our graduates do

As a graduate of the MA in Asian Studies, you are qualified to work within a variety of fields where there is a demand for expertise in Asia, including journalism and publishing, international trade and marketing, business, public relations, education and development aid, and in government, international organisations 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

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.

Dwin Snoeks

Graduated in South Asian Studies (MA Asian Studies)

Dwin Snoeks

“I work as an Underwriter for a Swiss insurance company. My task is to assess the risks of insuring individuals for disability and mortality coverages. I do this by analysing information about the personal situation, financials, travel risks, dangerous sports and so on.”

The possibility to grow “While working I decided that I wanted to grow more outside of my usual field of activity. I wanted to learn how to improve my research skills, how to interpret information correctly and I wanted to write articles. I have always been very interested in South Asia and have been there many times. Therefore, I saw South Asian Studies as the perfect MA programme to grow the way that I wanted.”

An enrichment for personal and work life “South Asian Studies brought me exactly what I expected. This study programme has provided me with many tools that I use daily in my current job. I developed as a researcher, presenter and analyst. Apart from this, the study has really broadened my horizon: I have learned to speak Hindi, got to learn the history of Tibet and now know all about Indian politics. South Asian Studies has been an enrichment in both my personal life and my career.”

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.

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
  • 44.5 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

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

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