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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 and from a variety of perspectives. Read more
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 and from a variety of perspectives. You can combine disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular political science, anthropology, and economics. In line with current approaches to the study of Africa, you study the people and cultures of Africa from an African perspective.

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/african-studies/en/introduction

Course detail

As the only one year African Studies Master’s with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe.

Format

Within the compact time frame of only one year, you will take six months of courses, do a three month internship, and write your thesis.

The internship in Africa offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects. You have the opportunity to get into communication, media imagination, historical and economic development of Africa and to enter in contact with practitioners from the world of business, NGOs, and diplomacy.

You have access to the excellent facilities of Leiden University, and in particular those of the Africa Studies Centre 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.

The courses have a clear interdisciplinary approach. You will be guided and supervised by ASC and Leiden University staff with various area and disciplinary expertise, including history, literature and film studies, anthropology, economy, geography and politics

Careers

The Master’s programme in African Studies prepares you for high-level positions on the international job market. Graduates are qualified to work within a variety of professions focused on the African continent. You will be able to work in a governmental policy–making department, for NGOs involved in development co-operation projects, for international organisations, or in research, management, education, journalism or public relations.

Our alumni have worked for publishers such as Brill and idealistic organisations such as the Maisha Mema Child Sponsorship programme or the Tosan development project. Graduates who intend to proceed with a career in academic research are also qualified to apply for PhD positions, although we recommend these students to follow the Research Master’s programme in African Studies.

Positions you could hold after your studies:

- Editorial & production manager
- Policy Officer
- Teacher of African languages
- Journalist
- Manager of a translation and/or interpreting agency
- Project Manager at an NGO in Africa
- Researcher

How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission

Funding

For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships

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The Research Master’s programme in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences. Read more
The Research Master’s programme in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences. As a result you can develop in-depth knowledge about different aspects of the African continent and its peoples, at the same time you are not bound by boundary constraints of any of the more traditional disciplines focusing on Africa. The programme is unique in continental Europe.

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/african-studies-research/en/introduction

Course detail

As the only two year African Studies Research Master’s with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe.

During your studies you focus on a particular region on the African continent and contextualise and embed your regional orientation in a broad set of theoretical perspectives. The programme is taught by leading African Studies scholars from all the relevant institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders, including The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) and the Universities of Wageningen and Amsterdam (UvA and VU).

Format

Within the Research MA you will focus on developing your research skills, and you will have an entire year (of which six months consists of fieldwork) to execute your own research project.

You will take in-depth courses that will guide you through proposal writing, social theory, methodology development, writing a scientific publication, debating and presentation skills. This will enable you, upon graduation, to initiate independent PhD or policy research, advise and participate in policy development and implementation, or offer training to businesses.

Facilities

You have access to the excellent facilities of Leiden University, and those of the Africa Studies Centre (ASC) and its research library, where the Research Master’s is based. The network of the ASC, regular seminars, conferences and projects on Africa will provide international orientation and embedding for your MA research.

The courses are especially designed for these masters and have a clear interdisciplinary approach. You will be guided and supervised by staff with various area and disciplinary expertise, including history, literature and film studies, anthropology, economy, geography and politics.

Careers

Having successfully completed the Research Master’s programme, you will be qualified to work as policy maker or consultant for Africa oriented organisations world wide, to undertake PhD research or work at research institutes.

You will also be qualified to work within a variety of professions focussed on the African continent. You will be able to work in a governmental policy–making department, with NGOs involved in development cooperation projects, with international organisations, or in research, management, education, journalism or public relations. Alumni have worked within publishers such as Brill, idealistic organisations such as the Maisha Mema Child Sponsorship programme and the Tosan development project.

Positions you could hold after your studies:

- Editorial & production manager
- Policy Officer at a ministry
- Policy Officer political/European collaboration
- Teacher of African languages
- Journalist
- Language tutor
- Manager of a translation and/or interpreting agency
- Marketing Manager at a publishing house
- New business accountmanager
- Researcher
- Project Manager at an NGO in Africa
- Editor
- Interpreter
- Translation co-ordinator
- Translator

How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission

Funding

For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships

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