Leiden Asia Master's Programmes

Overview of the Asia Master's Programmes offered at Leiden University in 2015-2016.

Leiden MA Programmes

Leiden University offers a wealth of master's programmes on Asia.

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Why Leiden?

Leiden is one of the most broad-based universities in the Netherlands, offering more than a hundred master’s programmes with some 250 specialisation to choose from. Some departments also offer the possibility of conducting part of your master’s study abroad. Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, has for centuries enjoyed an excellent reputation worldwide. A Leiden master’s diploma provides you with a firm basis for entering the employment market both at home and internationally. Leiden is one of the most broad-based universities in the Netherlands, offering more than a hundred master’s programmes with some 250 specialisation to choose from. Some departments also offer the possibility of conducting part of your master’s study abroad. Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, has for centuries enjoyed an excellent reputation worldwide. A Leiden master’s diploma provides you with a firm basis for entering the employment market both at home and internationally.What makes Leiden so special?



  • Strong emphasis on the quality of education and research
    Master’s students are closely involved in the research carried out within their department: a number of departments and programmes focus specifically on preparing the master’s student for a career as a scientific researcher.
  • Broad range of programmes
    270 specialist programmes within 80 disciplines, but there are also opportunities to put together your own individual programme outside this range.
  • International reputation
    Not only do research and education in Leiden enjoy a prominent reputation internationally, Leiden students have many opportunities to conduct part of their study abroad, and each year close to a thousand international students come to study in Leiden.
  • Individual attention for master’s students
    In the master’s programme, teaching is on a smaller scale. This more individual approach allows you to get the maximum benefit from your master’s study.
  • Centrally located in the Randstad, the busy heart of the Netherlands
    The other universities in the Randstad are a stone’s throw away. This is handy for Leiden students who want to take a particular subject at another university. And also for students from other cities, who come to Leiden to follow classes or a master’s programme without giving up their room in their own city.
  • University as integral part of the city
    In Leiden, the university is in the heart of the city. The faculties are all within walking distance of the Central Station, and most are in the historic city centre. The city has a warm and friendly atmosphere and its canal-lined streets abound with attractive cafés and terraces where you and your fellow students can gather after lectures to continue your discussions in a relaxed social environment.
  • A multi-cultural learning environment
    Classes are made up of students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds.
  • High perception of personal safety
    Leiden is a student city where students feel safe and secure
  • Highly qualified teaching staff
    Leiden University courses are taught by professors and assistant professors, and generally not by PhD and post-doc students.

e-Prospectus: all MA Programmes

For an overview of all Master's Programmes at Leiden University in 2015-2016, please go to the e-Prospectus.

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Asian Studies

Programmes Asian Studies at Leiden University

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.

Asian Studies Specialisations

Overview Asian Studies Specialisations

Specialisations

Asian Studies (research)

In the Research MA 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 not on a region but rather on a discipline, focusing on such topics as politics, religion, art and material culture, languages, and literature, regionally or cross-regionally.Both approaches to research offer the opportunity to work extensively in primary languages, but do not demand this. Naturally, given the renowned expertise of the Leiden teaching faculty, the programme offers broad opportunities to explore both vibrant, present-day Asia and its historical past.

Chinese Linguistics

Chinese Linguistics is a lively and ever growing field, with a large number of active participants, both inside and outside China. This programme brings you up to date with respect to the most recent developments in part of this area of linguistics.

Chinese Studies

This two-year specialisation in Chinese Studies combines content courses with intensive and advanced language training. You will be taught by internationally recognised experts in fields ranging from political science to literature and religion, as well as experienced teachers of Chinese as a foreign language.
The programme will equip you with an excellent command of Mandarin (and – in the case of certain specialisations – of Classical Chinese), a broad knowledge of China, insight into its internal and external dynamics, and starting points for contextualising China within Asia. An important part of your training and education you will get from your one year stay at Shandong university.

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

The Leiden MA in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-DS) is personal and internationally orientated. Unique in Leiden are the specialisations, and it is the only MA CA-DS where students can graduate by using audiovisual methods (like film) both as research and reporting tools.

East Asian Studies

Within the East Asia specialisation, the student focuses on either China, or Japan, or Korea. This specialisation is specifically intended for students interested in China, Japan or Korea, in fields such as history, literature, art and art history, sociology, anthropology, media and cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy, economics, development studies, linguistics, or politics and international relations. The programme allows for great flexibility in course selection, including those with a focus on another region or country inside or outside East Asia. The East Asia specialisation is therefore ideal for students who want to broaden their knowledge of Asia while continuing the advanced learning of their East Asian language.

History, Arts and Culture of Asia

The History, Art and Culture (HAC) specialisation is specifically intended for students interested in humanities approaches to one or more countries or regions of pre-modern, modern or contemporary Asia. In the HAC specialisation fields such as history, literature, art and art history, media and cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy, philology or heritage studies will be studied. Expertise in Leiden on Asia covers all Asian regions: East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia.The programme’s modular structure with elective courses in each of the two semesters and an individually supervised thesis allows a considerable degree of freedom and individual specialisation by country, region, discipline, or field.

Japanese Studies

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.

Korean Studies

The two-year specialisation in Korean Studies is unique in the Netherlands. It stems from a long line of Leiden-based Korean scholars, with the first centre for Korean Studies in Western Europe offering classes at Leiden in 1947. Since then the department has grown from strength-to-strength, capitalising on its strong connections with Korean universities and institutions and its international reputation for the quality of its research. Today, staff participate in research projects with colleagues from around the world and sit on a variety of editorial and advisory boards.

Politics, Society and Economy of Asia

The Politics, Society and Economy (PSE) specialisation is specifically intended for students interested in social science approaches to one or more countries or regions of modern or contemporary Asia. Fields of study include modern history, sociology, development economics, media studies, political science and international relations, and anthropology. Expertise in Leiden on modern Asia covers all Asian regions: East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia.

South Asian Studies

The South Asia specialisation is specifically intended for students interested in one or more countries or regions of pre-modern, modern or contemporary South Asia. Fields of study include history, literature, art and art history, media and cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy and philology. Expertise in Leiden covers India and Sri Lanka.

Southeast Asian Studies

The Southeast Asia specialisation is specifically intended for students interested in one or more aspects of Southeast Asia, such as history, literature, art and art history, media and cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy or philology.

Expertise in Leiden is concentrated on Indonesia, but also covers the other Southeast Asian countries. The programme allows students either to emphasise language and a single country study, or a specific discipline and region, especially since many courses examine regional issues that go beyond the study of a single country or language. The programme’s modular structure with elective courses and an individually supervised thesis allows students a considerable degree of freedom and individual specialisation.

 
Last Modified: 04-09-2015