Leiden University

Leiden University

MA African Studies (Research)


Rapenburg 70

PO Box 9500

Leiden, Zuid-Holla 2311 EZ



+31 71 527 1111

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in African Studies (Research)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

As a study which straddles the — artificial — frontier between the Humanities and Social Sciences, you will be exposed to many aspects of life on the African continent and will develop knowledge and skills which cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. As a student of this research-based programme, you will specialise both in a particular theme and in a particular region of Africa — a prerequisite if you want to move onto PhD research — while still retaining a wider disciplinary and continental view which will give your specialisation its relevant context. The master’s is run jointly by the African Studies Centre and Leiden University. As a graduate of a two-year research master’s degree you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme. The programme is taught by leading African Studies scholars from all the relevant institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. The Research Master’s is based at the African Studies Centre, which is the only academic research institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa, and regularly hosts African scholars through its visiting fellowship programme. Offering a seminar programme and with an extensive library, it is a unique place for research students.


Accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

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