Deze opleiding

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This master's is designed for students interested in taking a humanities-related approach to the study of countries or regions in pre-modern, modern or contemporary Asia.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
The Master's in History, Arts and Culture of Asia (HAC) at Leiden University is for students interested in taking a humanities approach to the study of one or more countries or regions in pre-modern, modern or contemporary Asia.

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned. During your master's, you learn from world-class academics. Small classes ensure you have regular and direct contact with lecturers, who will share with you insights from the leading edge of Asia-related research in Europe.

With a wide selection of electives to choose from, you can explore the countries of your choice from any number of perspectives, including history, literature, art history, critical heritage studies, media and cultural studies, or religious studies. Select your own topic for your MA thesis.

You also have the opportunity to earn a dual degree by following the focus 'Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe' at an Asian partner university, earning you an additional MA in Heritage Studies. Knowledge of an Asian language is not required for this master's.

  • 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 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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The curriculum of the one-year Master's in History Arts and Culture of Asia at Leiden University consists of core courses, electives, and a master's thesis.
The first semester consists of the two core courses: 'Introduction to Asian Studies' and 'Thesis and Methods Class' and two or more electives grounded in one of Asia's regions that introduce the issues, debates and methodologies of a humanity's discipline. During the second semester, you choose another set of electives and write your master's thesis, in conjunction with one of these electives. Within the HAC specialisation, you have the option to focus on Critical Heritage Studies of Asia and Europe. The curriculum is supported by the Asian Heritages research cluster of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS). You can also follow a Double Degree Programme offered by Leiden University, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and one of our Asian partner universities.

A detailed outline of the curriculum for the Master's in History, Arts and Culture of Asia is available on the e-Prospectus: Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year.

For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
Introduction to Asian Studies
5 EC
20 EC
Thesis & Methods Classes
5 EC
Language electives
15 EC
MA Thesis
15 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet25% zelfstudie
45% theorie
45% praktijk
group discussion, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, seminar, internship, self study
The objective of the Master's in History, Arts and Culture of Asia at Leiden University is to equip ambitious students with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in their chosen profession.
The development of language fluency, in-depth knowledge, and the ability to think critically and analytically are key goals of this master's programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience and professional skills in preparation to excel early in their chosen career.

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 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18300

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend


You should have knowledge of the nature and role of as well as the ability to analyse and report on academic inquiry in the humanities or social sciences.

A bachelor's degree from a Dutch research university with specialisation: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies or South and Southeast Asian Studies. Or a bachelor's degree in the field of humanities or social sciences, with components at the bachelor's level (which may include the thesis) equivalent to at least 30 credits on the history, art and/or culture of one or more East, South or Southeast Asian countries or regions.

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


135 studenten volgen deze opleiding
60% daarvan is vrouw
23 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
74% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% 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

Roshny Kohabir
The MA Asian Studies helped me to further develop and deepen various skills such as written and oral communication and presenting research results. Creativity and an open mind were a necessity when it came to creating a critical and analytical view during

My true passion I discovered during my academic career; “misunderstood Asian Art and traditions.” I wrote my thesis by reading numerous ancient Hindu literature books, and connecting various phenomena to contemporary affairs. I praise the University for its large library and collections. Without those collections my education and the process of writing my thesis would not have been the same.
Kasia Cwiertka
Prof. Kasia Cwiertka - Testimonial Asian Studies Leiden University

"We stimulate students to tailor their own path and exploit the opportunities provided by the programme for their own advantage, according to their interest and needs."
Anne Gerritsen


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1/6 Universiteit Leiden
History, Arts and Culture of Asia (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/6 Universiteit Leiden
South Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/6 Universiteit Leiden
Politics, Society and Economy of Asia (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/6 Universiteit Leiden
Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
5/6 Universiteit Leiden
Southeast Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
6/6 Universiteit Leiden
East Asian Studies (60EC)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
23 eerstejaars
73% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2015 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Asian Studies: History, Arts and Culture of Asia (60EC) aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 42 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.6 uit 5.

Na de studie

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As a graduate of the Master's in History, Arts and Culture of Asia at Leiden University, 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.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all our bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.
Your expertise in Asia will prepare you for careers in journalism and publishing, international trade and marketing, business, public relations, education and development aid, government, international organisations and NGOs. Our graduates have also found employment in foreign-invested firms in Asia, or in local offices of international organisations or NGOs.

Occupations of our graduates include:

  • Account manager at a translation agency
  • Quality analyst at an IT consultancy agency
  • Project manager at a trading and consultancy company in India
  • Owner of a consultancy firm
  • Consultant at a defence and security company
  • Communications officer at an animation studio in Japan
  • Relations management officer at an organisation promoting internationalisation in education
  • Customer service coordinator at a European rail travel company
  • Editor at an academic publishing house
  • Guest relations officer at a hospitality
  • Content editor at a booking website


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