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The Master's in Asian Studies (Research) brings you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia from their politics and literature to their languages.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's Master's in Asia Studies (Research) offers access to unmatched resources and expertise.

Asian Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for excellence that is unmatched in Europe. You can choose subjects from a curriculum that spans virtually the entire Asian region both in geography and time.

Focus your studies on a region, such as China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or South-east Asia, or on or a discipline, such as politics, religion, art and material culture, languages and literature, with the option to work with a primary language.

A comparative, area studies approach to learning encourages a broader, contextual understanding of the issues at hand. Small classes allow for a high level of direct contact with your lecturers, many of whom are at the leading edge of their fields.

An important focus of this programme is developing your ability to conduct high-quality scientific research. You also have the opportunity to conduct field research in a country of your choice in Asia.

  • 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 number 1 in Europe and 17th worldwide in the Times Higher Education ranking. Learn from scholars at the leading edge of Asia-related research in Europe and access world-class resources, including our world-famous collections of Asian manuscripts.
  • At Leiden University, we offer you ample opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your career goals. An expansive curriculum allows you to explore a wider variety of issues. Combine courses from two different master's. Choose your own research project, travel abroad for fieldwork, and swap an elective for an internship.
  • Classes at Leiden University are deliberately kept small to give students valuable time interacting with their lecturers and a high-level of guidance and support from staff and faculty. Our goal is to ensure every student reaches their full potential during their time at Leiden.
  • 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 comparative knowledge, and critical-thinking skills.


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The two-year Master's in Asian Studies (Research) consists of compulsory core courses, electives, workshops, presentations, and an MA thesis.
Throughout the two-year programme, you will participate in three core courses. These include:

  1. 'Theory and Issues in Area Studies' – which covers the theoretical and methodological tools common to the field of Area Studies.
  2. Your choice between two core courses: the deployment of socio-scientific methods in Area Studies, and the deployment of cultural studies methods in Area Studies.
  3. A core course on research skills and academic writing in Area Studies.

In addition to the core courses you will choose electives specific to either Asian Studies or Middle Eastern Studies. You can also combine courses from each of the two master's.

An MA thesis concludes the programme and must be presented during your final formal examination. Writing workshops and presentations will help prepare you for writing your thesis.

For the most up to date course overview, see the e-Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may differ slightly:

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


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case study, excursion, group discussion, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, project, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, self study
The one-year Master's in Asian Studies (Research) aims to equip participants with advanced and in-depth knowledge in a region or discipline within the field of Asian Studies.
The acquisition of advanced skills in the interpretation of texts, the analysis and solution of conceptual problems, and the ability to conduct scientific research are other key goals of the programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience by participating in research in a country of their choice or an internship at an organisation.

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 kosten


1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

aanvullende vakeisen
For some electives on offer within the programme, the language level (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) required is equal to the exit level of the relevant bachelor's programme of Leiden University

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
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€ 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


28 studenten volgen deze opleiding
46% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% 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
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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.”

lees verder ...
Aurelie van 't Slot
After participating in the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School, I soon realised that we need to acknowledge the significance of Asia as a force of global change in order to nourish the global function of our institutions. In order to break free from my

"I currently work as a policy advisor at the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This is a governmental organisation that is tasked with providing an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.".

I feel that the experiences gained through the programme, such as presenting at international conferences and publishing some of my research papers not only contributed to my academic track record, but also had significant impact on my personal development.
Jonathan Silk
“Leiden University has incredible strengths – it is possible, for instance, to study Buddhism across the whole of Asia.” Access to famous libraries "The library of our Kern Institute, the national centre of expertise for South Asia and the Himalayan r

Reading Buddhist texts

"I teach introductory courses on Buddhism, and advanced thematic seminars on various topics. And of course, I always love to read Buddhist texts with students in their original languages as well as in translation. The study of Buddhism should be a dynamic synthesis of factual knowledge and critical perspectives, and the Leiden master's programme offers students just this approach."

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The MA in Asian Studies (Research) prepares students for a wide range of careers in which knowledge of Asia and advanced conceptual, analytical and interpretative skills are essential. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in academia and in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.
A research master's from Leiden University is a qualification that is respected by organisations worldwide. You will be equipped to pursue a position conducting independent research at a high academic level, such as that of a junior academic researcher or a doctoral student on a PhD programme.

Experience and knowledge of Asia combined with advanced analytical skills are also in demand in careers in publishing, international trade, public relations, education, development aid, or in government, international organisations and NGOs. Leiden University Asian Studies graduates often find employment in Asia itself.

Positions of our graduates include:

  • Freelance writer at a magazine and online platform focussing on China
  • Teacher at Leiden University
  • Researcher and teaching staff member at Leiden University
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • PhD candidate at a university in Asia
  • Junior underwriter at an insurance company
  • Area Manager Asia at the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion
  • Consular Officer at the Dutch Embassy
  • Coordinator, International Relations at Mima City Hall


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