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
As the only one year African Studies Master’s with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe.
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
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
- Manager of a translation and/or interpreting agency
- Project Manager at an NGO in Africa
How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission
For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships
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.