African Studies

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.

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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.
  • As an African Studies student you will receive funding for your 3-month internship in Africa from the Sustainable Humanities Internship Fund (for the academic year 2017-18 this is €2.500 per student).
  • 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 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.
  • As the only one year African Studies Master’s with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe.

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Master details

  • Graad Master of Arts in African Studies
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 1 year
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60837

Connecting in Times of Duress

Students and staff members of African Studies (research) are involved in the research project Connecting in Times of Duress. They explore the relationship between social media, mobile telephony and the social fabric under duress in Africa’s mobile margins.

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Student Eline on African Studies

“The internship and research component of the African Studies MA programme is so valuable and important. It teaches you what sitting in a classroom can never teach you: the daily observations, practical learnings and context of your research and internship.”
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