Deze opleiding

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.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig Engels
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
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
Fieldwork / Study Abroad
30 EC
Thesis Writing Seminar
5 EC
Research MA Thesis
25 EC


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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 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


Affinity with the field should be demonstrated by a “Research Proposal”. All applicants are required to submit a Research Proposal of approximately 1000 words, accompanied by an annotated bibliography of at least five (5) items, outlining the topic or field of research that the applicant wishes to pursue at Leiden University, and indicating the names of one or two faculty members who might guide that research.

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.

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.

You should have knowledge of the fundamentals of Asian Studies and/or area studies, literary studies, linguistics, history and/or social sciences, that ideally, but not necessarily, includes knowledge and understanding of the regional languages.

A bachelor's degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree

Your motivation and suitability for your chosen specialization should be demonstrated by a well-argued and structured motivation letter in which the applicant indicates why he/she wants to follow the History programme and convincingly discusses what makes the applicant a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

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

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
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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Op kamers in Leiden

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€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Deirdre Sneep
Aurelie van 't Slot
"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. The library of our Kern Institute, the national centre of expertise for South Asia and the Himalayan region, is famous around the world

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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