Taught course

African Studies

Leiden University · Humanities

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements are available at: African studies

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The 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 and from a variety of perspectives. You can combine disciplines from the humanities, such as history and literary studies, with disciplines from social sciences, in particular political science, anthropology, and economics. In line with current approaches to African study, you study the people and cultures of Africa from an African perspective.

Reasons to choose African Studies at Leiden University

  • As the only one-year Master’s programme in African Studies with a genuine area studies profile, this programme is unique in continental Europe. The curriculum consists entirely of Africa-focused disciplinary courses and it allows you to focus on the region of your choice;
  • You develop a critical attitude to “constructions” of Africa that stem from the colonial and post-colonial era;
  • As part of the programme, you follow an internship in Africa, which offers you unique and intense insights into working and conducting research in Africa, and enhances your job opportunities.
  • You have at your disposal the excellent facilities of Leiden University, and in particular those of the Africa Studies Centre and its library. You have access to a wide network of excellent teachers and researchers who can help you plan your thesis and internship.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 (2017-2018)
International students
€ 16,600 (2017-2018)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

International Studyline Team