In Leiden University’s Research Master’s in Asian Studies, you may focus on a specific region, choosing between China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia. Alternatively, you may conduct your research with the primary emphasis on a discipline, focusing on such topics as politics, religion, art and material culture, languages, and literature, regionally or cross-regionally.
Reasons to choose Asian Studies (research) at Leiden University
• Make use of an inherently comparative Area Studies approach. The programme not only encourages intra-Asian comparisons, but co-operates closely with Middle Eastern Studies (research). This co-operation is institutionalised, for example, through a common introductory course on Area Studies.
• Focus in your studies either on a discipline, or on a specific region. Both approaches offer the opportunity to work extensively in primary languages, but do not demand this.
• Take advantage of the renowned expertise of the Leiden teaching faculty, and explore both vibrant, present-day Asia as well as its historical past.
• Asian Studies scholarship in Leiden has a justly deserved worldwide reputation. Its breadth and depth are not only unparalleled in the Netherlands, but represent the very best of Asia-related research and teaching in Europe and beyond.
Students who complete the Research MA programme in Asian Studies in the first place are perfectly positioned for further academic study, in particular the pursuit of a PhD. For others, the degree provides Asia expertise in demand for careers in areas including publishing, international trade, public relations, education, development aid, or in government, international organisations and NGOs. Leiden graduates in Asian Studies often find employment in Asia itself.
Possible positions you could hold after your studies.
• Editorial & production manager
• Policy Officer at a ministry
• Policy Officer, political/European collaboration
• Teacher of African languages
• Language tutor
• Manager of a translation and/or interpreting agency
• Marketing Manager at a publishing house
• New business account manager
• Project Manager at an NGO in Africa
• Translation co-ordinator
• Some figures about graduates in Asian 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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