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In Leiden University's Research Master's in Asian Studies, you may focus on a specific region, choosing between China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia.

In this two-year research MA, 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.

Comparative approach
Make use of an inherently comparative Area Studies approach. The programme not only encourages intra-Asian comparisons, but co-operates closely with Middle Eastern Studies (research).

Customise your degree
Tailor your qualification to reflect your interests or career ambitions. You can choose from a broad range of electives and select a your MA thesis. Choose to focus on language and a single country, or on a specific discipline and region.

Internationally-reputed scholars
Take advantage of the renowned expertise of the Leiden teaching faculty, and explore both vibrant, present-day Asia as well as its historical past.

The breadth and depth of Asian Studies in Leiden is not only unparalleled in the Netherlands, but represent the very best of Asia-related research and teaching in Europe and beyond.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th worldwide in the Times Higher Education ranking.
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diplomaMA Azië Studies (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
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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 artefacts, 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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For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
Throughout the two-year programme, you will participate in three compulsory core courses, that bring all students of the Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies research master's together.

Semester 1
'Theory and Issues in Area Studies' in the first semester will provide you with the theoretical and methodological tools that are common to the field of Area Studies, and will equip you to engage in professional debates about the significance and utility of these tools in different fields.

Semester 2
The second semester offers two core courses, of which you will pick one depending on your thematic focus. One course focuses on the deployment of socio-scientific methods in Area Studies, and the other is centered around the deployment of cultural studies methods in Area Studies.

Semester 3
The third semester contains a final core element, focused on concrete research skills and academic writing in Area Studies.

Semester 4
In the fourth semester you will be writing your thesis and following thesis writing workshops, and presentations.

1e jaar For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Theory and Issues in Area Studies
10 EC
Core Elective Course(s)
10 EC
Elective course
10 EC
Mixed Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities
10 EC
Core Elective Course(s)
10 EC
Elective course
10 EC
2e jaar For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Fieldwork / Study Abroad
30 EC
Thesis Writing Seminar
5 EC
Research MA Thesis
25 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
This research master provides core training in an Area Studies approach to knowledge, opportunities for the development of disciplinary skills, and possibilities to build upon regional and language specialisation (such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, and Tibetan).

Master students in Asian Studies develop sophisticated theoretical and methodological tools for scholarly reflexivity as well as tools specific for their research projects.
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.

Toelating en studiekosten

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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

Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor's programme, and a grade for the bachelor's thesis of an 8 or higher.

Knowledge of the fundamentals of Asian Studies and/or area studies, literary studies, linguistics, history and/or social sciences.

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
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 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


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25470 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
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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

Deirdre Sneep
Deirdre Sneep - Student Testimonial Asian Studies Leiden University

“After my BA in Japanese Studies I heard about the Research Master's in Asian Studies and I checked the courses they offered online. This research master's focuses on doing research and also gives you a lot of freedom to follow the courses that you are interested in. I thought it looked challenging and I liked the fact that I could pick and choose my own track, so I applied.”

During the course of the programme, I learned how to approach a topic from more than one perspective. At the end of my master's, I applied for several PhD positions. Finding a position that suits you after your master's degree can be a real trial, I can tell you that. After a lot of help from my professor at Leiden, I ended up in Germany, where I am now doing research that fits seamlessly with my master's thesis. I was really lucky to be able to find a position like that!

My work as a PhD candidate is not so different from what I did as a master's student in Leiden when it comes to the research. You need to be able to write decent research proposals, and you have to know your theoretical framework, etc., most of which I learned during my master's. The Institute where I am now working also emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research in East Asia, so it helped a lot that I was already used to working in an interdisciplinary classroom at Leiden. I always hoped to end up working in an academic environment, and I am glad I chose a research master's to help me get where I am now.”

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Asian Studies (Research) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 6 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate of the MA research in Asian Studies, you are perfectly positioned for further academic study, in particular the pursuit of a PhD. You are also 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 an 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:

  • PhD candidate
  • Curator of the China department at a national museum of ethnology
  • 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
  • China Director at an international architecture, planning and strategic consultancy firm
  • Web editor and newsletter coordinator at an embassy in China

current job market

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