African Studies Centre (ASC) The research master's in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives.
Why study African Studies (research) at Leiden University?
The two year’s research master’s programme in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities, such as history and literary studies, and the social sciences, such as anthropology, political science and economics. As a result you have the opportunity to 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. Small classes ensure that you have plenty of direct contact with your lecturers and a high level of guidance and support throughout your studies.
Develop and practise your research skills
An important aspect of this programme is developing your ability to conduct original and interdisciplinary research. You will have the opportunity to spend an entire year (of which six months consists of fieldwork in Africa) to execute your own research project. This will provide you experiences into working and conducting research in Africa. You will take in-depth courses that will guide you through social theory, methodology development, and proposal writing; you will write a scientific publication, and practice your debating and presentation skills. This will enable you, upon graduation, to initiate independent PhD or policy research, advise and participate in policy development and implementation, or offer training to businesses wanting to do trade in Africa.
African Studies Centre (ASC), Netherlands