African Studies (Research)
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The Research 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.
This programme combines disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular:
- political science
Within the Research MA you will focus on developing your research skills, and you will have an entire year (of which six months consists of fieldwork) to execute your own research project which offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects.
You will also have access to the excellent facilities of Leiden University, and in particular those of the Africa Studies Centre (ASC) 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.
- Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
|diplomaMA Afrika Studies (research)|
|typeonderzoek, 120 EC|
|start1 februari, 1 september|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
|heeft geen numerus fixus|
heeft een honours programma
Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?
- As the only two year African Studies Research Master's with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe.
- You will have access to excellent facilities, in particular those of the Africa Studies Centre (ASC) and its research library.
- The courses are especially designed for this Research MA and have a clear interdisciplinary approach.
During the spring semester (February-June) you focus on a particular region on the African continent as well as you acquire an in-depth understanding of theoretical and methodological perspectives on the field of African Studies through participation in the thematic course Theories and the Empirical in African Studies.
The second year is a research year. You will work under the supervision of a senior researcher from your chosen field and will have access to specialist international academic connections. Your research project will be carried out in collaboration with a university in Africa, an organisation – such as an NGO or ministry -, a museum or a specialised archive.
You will conclude your research by producing a thesis, policy document or Ph.D. research proposal. Hands-on research seminars will guide you through the writing-up phase.
The Field of African Studies and Interdisciplinarity Part 1. Aims and results of Africanist research
The Field of African Studies and Interdisciplinarity Part 2. Processes of Africanist research
Seminar: Methodological Specialization
Seminar: Writing Research Proposal
Theories and the Empirical in African Studies
Regional Specialization: West Africa
Regional Specialization: East Africa
Regional Specialization: Southern Africa
Research Project: Fieldwork
Seminar: Academic Publication
Seminar: Thesis writing
Thesis Research Master African Studies afstuderen
|taal van onderwijs||100% en|
onderwijsvormencase study, excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, literature study, research, research project, research proposal, practicum, internship, tutorial, working group, self study
objectivesYou will be exposed to many aspects of life on the African continent and will develop knowledge and skills which cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries between Humanities and Social Sciences. You will specialise in a particular theme and in a particular region of Africa while still retaining a wider disciplinary and continental view which will give your specialisation its relevant context.
study abroadYou will have an entire year (of which six months consists of fieldwork) to execute your own research project which offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects.
The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.
Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for. The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.
Students can apply who have:
- Good study results in the bachelor's programme;
- The ambition and motivation to develop leadership qualities;
- A broad and interdisciplinary span of interest.
Toelating en studiekosten
|1 februari 2019||aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2018|
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500
|1 september 2019||aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019|
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500
A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree.
inbegrepen in collegegeld
estimated monthly costs
|€||350||kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde|
|€||158||collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar|
|€||80||studieboeken en -spullen|
|€||77||uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen|
|€||132||vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie|
|€||42||vervoernaast de OV-kaart|
|€||1218||totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181|
Studenten en studentenleven
|23||studenten volgen deze opleiding|
|70%||daarvan is vrouw|
|4||eerstejaars gestart in 2017|
|75%||daarvan is vrouw|
|26505||studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden|
|60%||daarvan is vrouw|
Op kamers in Leiden
|€ 350||gemiddelde kamerprijs|
|20 m2||gemiddelde kameroppervlak|
aan het woord
Sara de Wit
Sara de Wit, graduated in African Studies (research) Leiden University
An enriching experienceAmong the things that I cherish most has been the possibility to share in the outstanding expertise and devotion of the lecturers. Their longstanding experience in the field of African Studies – with varying disciplinary backgrounds and a wide array of thematic interests – allowed us to dwell in enthusiasm and curiosity. That being said, it's not something you can just easily do it 'on the side'..
The training in ethnographic methods and the six months of fieldwork have been a good preparation for carrying out independent research during my PhD. The greatest merit of having followed this trajectory, in my view, is that it allows you to develop a particular sensitivity and meta-reflexive approach towards the knowledge that we generate; an invaluable lens to think critically and creatively. Given the intensity of the programme, it's wiser to fully engulf yourself in it and get carried away.
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Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn
Testimonial Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn
We have a very large number of researchers available at Leiden University who work in various disciplines – from humanities to medicine – related to Africa. This means that we have an enormous wealth of expertise available and we are always able to successfully match our students with a researcher who shares their specific interest.
Students do an internship in Africa as part of the programme. They arrange their internships in Africa themselves. This requires them to use their own initiative and communications skills to get in touch with organisations. However, we do offer students some guidance in this process. I sometimes use contacts within my network to help students and guide them in the right direction. At the start of the programme we also match students with the right lecturer depending on their specific interests.
Where our students end up working after graduation depends a lot on their personal area of interest. We have alumni working in journalism, but also as policy officers for the EU government. I also know of some alumni who are working in Africa at NGOs. One of our alumni is now working in Mali for the Dutch Ministry of Defence, for example.
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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt
Our alumni work at various organisations, including idealistic organisations, publishers, museums and socio-cultural establishments. Alumni have worked within publishers such as Brill, idealistic organisations such as the Maisha Mema Child Sponsorship programme and the Tosan development project.
Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:
- Editorial & production manager
- Policy officer for agriculture and trade at an embassy in Ghana
- Teacher of African languages
- Manager of a translation and/or interpreting agency
- Project Manager at an NGO in Africa
- PhD candidate at a university in Australia
- Team leader at a human rights organisation
- Digital marketing manager at a translation agency