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MA African Studies


Course Description

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

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

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Leiden Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

This scholarship is intended for:1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting February 2017 or September 2017.
All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only.
2. Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2017 or September 2017. Note that the programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law:

◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights
◦MSc in International Relations & DiplomacyAdditional requirements1.In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad. We do not need proof of this, it is just to indicate the competitiveness of the scholarship. 2.The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans ("Studiefinanciering"; more information). This requirement does not apply to applicants who apply for a LExS for programmes mentioned under point 2 "For whom". 3.Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory (the LLM advanced masters qualify as such). 4.Students who are granted a LExS must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the Rules and Regulations attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable

Eligibility

For excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme and for excellent students of all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy.The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has three awards: •€ 10.000 of the tuition fee •€ 15.000 of the tuition fee •Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students' academic level of excellence. Please be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship.

Application Procedure

1. Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University. Deadline 1 October 2016 for all programmes starting in February 2017.
Deadline for programmes starting September 2017 •All programmes except law:
1 February 2017 •Law programmes:
1 March 2017
2. Upload all required documents.

3. Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Please note that if you apply for more than one master's programme, you have to indicate that you apply for the LExS scholarship for all these programmes seperately. 4. Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page.

5. Submit your online application.

6. Pay the application fee of € 100. 7. The selection committee of the relevant faculty will review the applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.

8. All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs about the outcome of the selection procedure.

Further Information

http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships/scholarship/lexs.html



Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or the ability to demonstrate that the candidate meets the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

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