African Studies (Research)

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

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.

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locatieLeiden
diplomaMA
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
accreditatiesNVAO
croho-code60838
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
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.
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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.

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
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
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
avondonderwijsn.v.t.
afstandsonderwijsn.v.t.
onderwijsvormen
case studies, excursie, groepsdiscussie, groepsopdracht, hoorcollege, literatuurstudie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, practicum, stage, werkcollege, werkgroep, zelfstudie
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

Heb je de interesse en ambitie om jouw leiderschapskwaliteiten en je kennis over leiderschap verder te ontwikkelen? Wil je meer leren over leiderschap in praktijk?

In het extracurriculaire Leiden Leadership Programme kun je als masterstudent jouw kennis en vaardigheden op het gebied van leiderschap (verder) ontwikkelen.

Het programma biedt hiertoe vaardigheidstrainingen, seminars, en een docentcoach die je direct ondersteunt bij jouw ontwikkeltraject. Daarnaast ga je met een aantal medestudenten aan de slag met de praktijkopdracht bij een partnerorganisatie van de universiteit in de private of publieke sector, om de dynamiek en complexiteit van leiderschap in de praktijk te ervaren.

Toelating en kosten

startmomenten

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
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toelatingseisen

instaptoets
Affinity with the field should be demonstrated by a writing sample (a relevant research paper, Bachelor's Thesis, or a Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words).

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

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

motivatiebrief
Your motivation and suitability should be demonstrated by a motivation letter in which you indicate why you want to follow the programme and what makes you a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

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Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
22internet+tv
152boodschappen/kostgeld
32telefoon
117verzekeringen
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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
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Studenten en studentenleven

studentaantallen

23 studenten volgen deze opleiding
70% daarvan is vrouw
4 eerstejaars gestart in 2019
75% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
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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

Sara de Wit
Sara de Wit, graduated in African Studies (research) Leiden University

An enriching experience
Among 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 issue
Also 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...
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.


lees verder ...
Prof. Mirjam de Bruijn

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