Master of Arts; African Studies Centre (ASC) The Research Masters in African Studies, which is offered by the African Studies Centre in cooperation with Leiden University, is unique in the Netherlands and introduces students to a range of curricular and career options in the field of African Studies and a wide network of researchers and their current academic work.
African Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that straddles the (artificial) divide between the humanities and the social sciences, and students following this programme will develop knowledge and skills that cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. The Research Masters in African Studies is a broad and multifaceted programme in which an interdisciplinary approach is combined with in-depth study of a particular theme and region. It is intended for talented and highly motivated students who have already undertaken the required preparatory degree courses. Having successfully completed the Research Masters programme, students will be qualified to engage in research at an academic level in universities (PhD research), or work in state institutions or within the NGO sector.
The Research Masters in African Studies is taught by leading scholars from, among others, the universities of Leiden, Wageningen, Utrecht, Groningen and Amsterdam (UvA and VU) in the Netherlands and Louvain in the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium. The research projects of the participating staff members are central to the programme and students will come into contact with and work alongside scholars at the forefront of African Studies.