African Studies (Research)

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

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The Research Master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives.

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
  • anthropology
  • economics

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 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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locatieLeiden
diplomaMA Afrika Studies (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60838
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
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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.

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Studieprogramma

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opbouw
For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: http://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/studies/show/african_studies_research. The subjects can vary from year to year.
You start with an introduction to current debates on African Studies through two interdisciplinary courses in the fall semester (September-December): 'The field of African Studies and interdisciplinarity, part 1: Aims and results of Africanist research' and part 2: 'Processes of Africanist Research'.

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.

1e jaar You start with an introduction to current debates on African Studies through two interdisciplinary courses in the fall semester. During the spring semester 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.
periode
12
The Field of African Studies and Interdisciplinarity Part 1. Aims and results of Africanist research
10 EC
The Field of African Studies and Interdisciplinarity Part 2. Processes of Africanist research
15 EC
Seminar: Methodological Specialization
5 EC
Seminar: Writing Research Proposal
5 EC
Theories and the Empirical in African Studies
15 EC
Regional Specialization: West Africa
10 EC
Regional Specialization: East Africa
10 EC
Regional Specialization: Southern Africa
10 EC
2e jaar This 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.
periode
12
Research Project: Fieldwork
25 EC
Seminar: Academic Publication
5 EC
Seminar: Thesis writing
5 EC
Thesis Research Master African Studies afstuderen
25 EC

Onderwijs

taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
50% theorie
25% praktijk
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afstandsonderwijsn.v.t.
onderwijsvormen
case study, excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, literature study, research, research project, research proposal, practicum, internship, tutorial, working group, self study
objectives
You 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 abroad
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.
honours-/excellence program

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

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startmomenten

1 februari 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2016
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
toelatingseisen

vooropleiding
A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree in the field of African Languages and Cultures, (African) Linguistics, History, Cultural Anthropology, Literature, Sociology, Political Sciences, Public Administration or other studies related to the Social Sciences.

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estimated monthly costs

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bedragkostenpost
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
29drinken/snoep/snacks
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
30contributies/abonnementen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart
45overig

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven

studentaantallen

15 studenten volgen deze opleiding
67% daarvan is vrouw
1 eerstejaars gestart in 2015
100% daarvan is vrouw
25470 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

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.Contemporary issueAlso the in-depth exchange with my classmates, a relatively small group of students coming from different parts of the globe, made it such a worthwhile journey. Of course, a two-year track can never exhaust all the constituents that the broad field of African Studies has to offer; but the immersion in historical research has enabled me to put things into context and has shed critical light on contemporary issues.Independent researchThe 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. That being said, it's not something you can just easily do it 'on the side'. Given the intensity of the programme, it's wiser to fully engulf yourself in it and get carried away.

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lees verder ...
Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn
Testimonial Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn

“The research master's stands out with its concentration on the preparation and execution of research in the African field.”

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In our teaching we consider Africa not so much in its geography but as a category through which the world is formed and classified. The teaching programme provides for a wide variety and combination in approaches, from the arts to development studies.

The research master's stands out with its concentration on the preparation and execution of research in the African field. Student research is explicitly rooted in the African studies environment offered in this master's programme. Research of the students is linked to on-going research projects of senior researchers.

This not only guarantees a good grounding in a specific African setting, which may be in the traditional field – a specific country or community, or in a museum or archive – but also a thorough exchange of ideas and theory on the research theme.

Leiden is the home base of this research master's because of its unique history in African Studies, within the faculties of Social sciences and Humanities and the interuniversitary African Studies centre, that co-ordinates the master's programme.

The African Studies Centre has one of the most extensive and accessible libraries on African studies in the world.”


lees verder ...

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Research Master's programme in African Studies will qualify you to work as policy maker or consultant for Africa oriented organisations worldwide, to undertake PhD research or work at research institutes. It could also prepare you for high-level positions on the international job market.
You will be able to work in governmental policy-making departments, with NGOs involved in development cooperation projects, with international organisations, or in research, management, education, journalism or public relations.

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
  • Journalist
  • 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


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zoektijd baanzeer slecht
salaris na 1,5 jaar zeer slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

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Contact

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E: studielijn@leidenuniv.nl
T: +31 (071)5271111
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