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The Master African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives.

The master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is a multidisciplinary area study programme, which offers you the opportunity to examine the African continent in depth.

This programme combines disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular:

  • political science
  • anthropology
  • economics

In line with current approaches to the study of Africa, you will study the people and cultures of Africa from an African perspective.

Part of the programme is dedicated to an internship in Africa, which offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects.

Also you have access to the excellent facilities of Leiden University, and in particular those of the Africa Studies Centre (ASC) and its research library. The network of the ASC, regular seminars, conferences and projects on Africa will provide international orientation and embedding for your MA research.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

Customised learning

This multidisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to explore the African continent from a wide range of perspectives: historical, literary, cultural, socio-economical and political. At Leiden, relevance and real-world issues are at the fore. During your programme you will analyse current events as they unfold and explore issues from a broad, comparative and global perspective. You will be able to pursue the issues and subject areas that interest you most by designing your own project and thesis.

Benefit from an international network

Taught by top scholars from the African Studies Centre (ASC), the Master’s programme in African Studies has a genuine area studies profile. During your studies you will gain access to the African Studies Centre’s extensive international network and high-profile events that will connect you to the leading researchers in the field. 

Internship in Africa

An important part of this Master's programme is a three-month internship at an organisation in Africa. This is your opportunity to test your new skills and ideas in practice while gaining invaluable cultural and professional experience. For your internship in Africa, you will receive funding from the Humanities Faculty’s Sustainable Humanities Internship Fund.



Visit the MA African Studies page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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