The two-year specialisation in Japanese studies is unique in the Netherlands.
With a world-class teaching and research portfolio that covers East Asia and looks at the region from a multi-disciplinary standpoint, the programme provides you with unique insights into a comprehensive range of cutting-edge topics in modern and pre-modern Japan.
The MA programme in Leiden is an international and cosmopolitan one, drawing students from around the world. This gives the programme an outward-looking and creative tone that seeks to foster ‘world citizens’ as well as first-class scholars.
Building on the uniquely long and intimate relations between The Netherlands and Japan, Leiden University has one of the oldest and most established centres of Japanese Studies in the Western world. As a graduate of the MA specialisation in Japanese Studies, you will be qualified to follow a career in which the use of high-level Japanese is a key requirement. You will have sophisticated analytical and critical skills, and will be able to interrogate a range of textual and oral resources. You will be able to conduct research independently and isolate areas of critical interest in a field. You will also have a well-developed academic understanding of the most pertinent aspects of Japanese Studies, a precursor to future research or academic study.
This two-year programme has a maximum of 17 places. The application deadline is 1 April for all students. (For East Asian Studies, the comparable one-year programme, there is no restriction on the number of available places.)