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Southeast Asian Studies (MA) (60EC)

About the programme

The one-year master in Southeast Asian Studies, a specialisation of Leiden University’s master in Asian Studies, offers a large and varied selection of subjects and the freedom to choose the areas on which you will focus.

The curriculum of this master's programme consists of compulsory core courses, electives, a research seminar and an MA thesis.

The first semester consists of the core courses Introduction to Asian Studies and Thesis and Methods Class which are compulsory for all students of the MA Asian Studies. In addition, you will take two compulsory core courses on Southeast Asia, and elective courses. The Southeast Asia core courses deal respectively with viewpoints on Southeast Asian history, and with the politics of culture in Southeast Asia. The elective(s) introduce the issues, debates and methodologies of a discipline with a regional focus on one of the countries or regions of Asia.

More info to be announced.

You also have the option of taking an intensive modern Indonesian language course. This course is taken instead of an elective in both the first and second semesters.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study
  • Internship/Study abroad options
  • Thesis
  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays, reports
  • Oral presentations

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Bernard Arps

Professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture

Bernard Arps

“There are very few departments anywhere in the world that can measure up to the department at Leiden, which has a long tradition in the study of Indonesia. An important characteristic of our study is that it is strongly empirical: we offer factual material as well as comparative historical perspectives.”

Unparalleled collections

"The book collection in the University Library is unparalleled anywhere. Outside of the university, students have access to unique sources such as the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). The staff corps also has eminent and active researchers."

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