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Taught by leading experts in the field, the Master's in Chinese Studies at Leiden University combines in-depth knowledge with advanced language proficiency.

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Designed for ambitious and talented students, the MA in Chinese Studies brings you the best of Leiden's acclaimed faculty and resources.

Explore China from a broad range of perspectives and from a comparative and global viewpoint. Develop advanced skills in critical and analytical thinking, the ability independently conduct high-quality academic research, and an excellent command of Mandarin.

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. Learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field. Small classes allow for direct contact with your lecturers, who offer insights from the leading edge of Asia-related research. Access Leiden University's famous sinological library, which contains one of Europe's largest collections of Chinese artifacts.

Two semesters of your degree are spent studying at the prestigious Shandong University in Jinan, China, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, language, and society.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.
  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking. You learn from scholars who are at the leading edge of Asia-related research in Europe, as well as experts from our many international partner institutions. At Leiden, we develop your intellectual potential so you can make a difference in your future career.
  • Leiden University is one of Europe's top research universities and an international centre of expertise. During your studies you get access to the unique resources of Leiden University, including its world-famous library and renowned collections of Asian artifacts, as well as a wider choice of courses from which to explore your areas of interest.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence means that your qualification is respected by organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional abilities, specialised and in-depth knowledge, and critical-thinking skills.


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The curriculum of the two-year Master's in Chinese Studies comprises core courses, two semesters at Shandong University in Jinan, China, and an MA thesis.
The first semester is spent in Leiden and consists of two core courses: 'Introduction to Asian Studies' and 'Thesis Class'; an Advanced Chinese language course, and your choice from a selection of electives. The next two semesters are taken at Shandong University in Jinan, China, where you strengthen your language skills and develop your understanding of the country. Programmes for foreign students typically include courses on conversation, writing, newspaper readings and translation. The Faculty of Humanities offers partial scholarships to reduce costs for the year in China for each applicant who has been admitted to the programme. Half of semester four is reserved for writing your MA thesis. Your thesis is based on original research, and makes substantial use of primary and secondary material in Chinese and English. It is written in English. In addition to your the thesis, you will follow an advanced language course and one elective.

A detailed outline of the curriculum for the Master's in Chinese Studies is available on our e-Prospectus: Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year.

1e jaar For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Introduction to Asian Studies
5 EC
Thesis & Methods Classes
5 EC
Advanced Chinese Language course
5 EC
10 EC
Language Elective
5 EC
Year in China A
30 EC
2e jaar For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Year in China B
30 EC
MA Thesis
15 EC
Language Elective
5 EC
10 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet15% zelfstudie
25% theorie
60% praktijk
excursion, group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, tutorial, working group, self study
The objective of the Master's in Chinese Studies is to equip ambitious students with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in their chosen profession.

The development of fluency in Manderin, in-depth knowledge, and the ability to think critically and analytically are key goals of this programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience and professional skills in preparation to excel early in their chosen career.
study abroad
You will spend two semesters at Shandong University in Jinan, China. The purpose is to strengthen your language skills while developing your understanding of the country and its society.
At this university, programmes in Chinese language and civilisation for foreign students typically include courses, such as conversation, writing, newspaper readings and translation, offered at various levels for each course. While most courses run throughout the academic year, some may be offered for one term only.

honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

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 kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend


aanvullende vakeisen
An important aspect of the programme is advanced language acquisition in Chinese; at least 10 EC of the programme are dedicated to language training. Because an important distinguishing aspect of the programme is advanced language acquisition in Chinese, this specialisation is not suitable for native speakers or for applicants with a level 6 (HSK New Style) or equivalent level 6 (TOCFL), unless they wish to continue their learning of another East Asian language at an advanced level (for instance Chinese speakers learning Japanese or Korean).

A grade of at least 7.0 or the equivalent thereof for the bachelor's thesis.

Applicants should have completed components at the bachelor's level equivalent to at least 30 ECTS on at least three out of six disciplines of one or more East Asian countries or regions.
Proven knowledge of sinological traditions and of pre-modern and modern China.
Sufficient command of Chinese, at least level 4 (new HSK) or Level 3 (TOCFL).

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree, in Humanities or Social Sciences.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 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


67 studenten volgen deze opleiding
76% daarvan is vrouw
6 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
67% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Our student study association SVS (Studie Vereniging Sinologie) is for Chinastudies students at the University of Leiden. We provide help for our members during their 3 year Bachelorprogram, by arranging study related activities, excursions, workshops, our student book sale and career days. Additionally we aim to make the best of our time as students, organizing many fun activities to balance out the hard working life of a student.

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

Thomas Falkenhagen
werkzaam als Rijkstrainee bij Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Thomas Falkenhagen - Testimonial alumnus Asian Studies at Leiden University

“The master's gives you the opportunity to develop your own initiative, but at the same time you also receive a high degree of supervision.”

“As soon as I obtained my master's degree last year I joined the Civil Service management trainee programme. I thought it would be a good way of getting into the Civil Service, but to my surprise I was immediately selected for Foreign Affairs, the very place I most wanted to work. My current job is as a policy adviser in the Western Hemisphere directorate, in the Latin America and Caribbean department...
During my study I spent a year in Beijing, which was great! It was a wonderful experience to live in such an enormous metropolis. I visited China again during the last three months of my master's, for my thesis research.

The Master's in Chinese Studies primarily prepared me for my current job because I learned how to work independently and how to handle politically sensitive issues. It gave me the opportunity to develop my own initiative, but at the same time there's also a high degree of supervision. Students who show initiative are always highly praised. The more energy you put into the study, the more energy your supervisor will invest in you. For me, that's just how it should be. The added value of a master's study is that you further develop your talents so that you can work independently, take initiative and conduct yourself in a professional manner. Chinese Studies definitely fits the bill.”

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Maghiel van Crevel
Prof. Maghiel van Crevel - Testimonial Asian Studies Leiden University

"We don't tell students what they should do; we are educators, stimulating students to pursue their own cultural or linguistic interests."

“Within our MA programme, all the lecturers rotate their activities: next year, for example, I will be giving individual supervision in literature and art. You coach students, of course, but at this level they themselves have to propose a subject...
We don't want to tell students what they should do; we are educators, stimulating students to pursue their own cultural or linguistic interests.

Chinese Studies is expanding at a rapid pace, in part as a result of the growth of the Chinese economy. There are those who come in with a future business plan, but there are also students who are
interested in art, philosophy, literature, history and so on.

What is so special about this master's is primarily that it is multi-disciplinary. I am a specialist in modern Chinese poetry; my colleagues include philosophers, political scientists, historians, economists, experts in material culture and religion etc. In addition, we offer a state-of-the-art language programme covering both modern and classical Chinese. We encourage students to extend their range of interest. The China-related library is one of the best in Europe and we have a very international team. It is this combination which makes this master's programme so special.”

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1/4 Universiteit Leiden
Chinese Studies (120EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
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2/4 Universiteit Leiden
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€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
6 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
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€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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66% vrouw
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€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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In 2015 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Asian Studies: Chinese Studies (120EC) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 15 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.7 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate of the MA in Chinese Studies, you are qualified to work within a variety of fields where there is a demand for expertise in Asia, including journalism and publishing, international trade and marketing, business, public relations, education and development aid, and in government, international organisations and NGOs.
Our graduates frequently find employment in policy-making occupations and are sought-after within the world of commerce. We have alumni working in management positions in NGOs, multinationals and SMEs in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia.

You may also find employment as a journalist, correspondent or within public relations, or as a travel guide, interpreter or translator. We have graduates working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Southern Airlines, Gassan Schiphol and Reformatorisch Dagblad.

Some of the occupations of our graduates include:

  • Curator of the China department at a national museum of ethnology
  • PhD candidate at a university in Hong Kong
  • Test consultant at a large IT consultancy firm
  • Managing partner of a translation agency
  • Policy officer at a ministry of foreign affairs
  • Editor at a publishing house
  • Project officer for Asia collections at Leiden University Library
  • Technical programme manager at a multinational technology company
  • China Director at an international architecture, planning and strategic consultancy firm
  • Web editor and newsletter coordinator at an embassy in China

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