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 African study, you study the people and cultures of Africa from an African perspective.
Reasons to choose African Studies in Leiden
• You follow 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. 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.
• 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.
• 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 are especially designed for these masters and have a clear interdisciplinary approach. You will be guided and supervised by ASC and LU staff with various area and disciplinary expertise, including history, literature and film studies, anthropology, economy, geography and politics.
• As the only one year African Studies Master’s with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe.
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.
Some figures about graduates of Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Latin American Studies
How successful are they in finding a job?
59 % found a job within two months.
64 % found their first job at professional or university level.
74 % held a position at professional or university level when the study was carried out.
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