Research course (will run subject to approval)

African Studies

Leiden University · Humanities
MA by research

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements are available at

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The Research Masters programme in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities and the social sciences. As a result you can develop in-depth knowledge about different aspects of the African continent and its peoples, at the same time you are not bound by boundary constraints of any of the more traditional disciplines focusing on Africa. The programme is unique in the Netherlands.

During your studies you focus on a particular region on the African continent and contextualise and embed your regional orientation in a broad set of theoretical perspectives. This approach prepares you very well for further research after you have completed the studies, for instance in a PhD programme.

The Research Master African Studies is a joint programme of the African Studies Centre and Leiden University. After graduation you will be qualified to work as a junior researcher at a research institute, as a policy advisor and consultant to NGOs and other Africa oriented organisations, or you can start your own PhD research.The programme is taught by leading African Studies scholars from all the relevant institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. The Research Master’s is based at the African Studies Centre, which is the only academic research institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa, and regularly hosts African scholars through its visiting fellowship programme. Offering a seminar programme and with an extensive library, it is a unique place for research students. You will also be taught by academics from:

  • Leiden University
  • The African Studies Centre
  • The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML)
  • The Universities of Wageningen and Amsterdam (UvA and VU)

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

International Studyline Team