Master in African Studies

The master’s programme in African Studies, offered by the Faculty of Humanities and the African Studies Centre of Leiden University, is an advanced area studies qualification that combines leading Africanist scholarship with practice-based learning.

For all details and updates about the master’s programme, visit this web page. To find out more about the differences between the (1 year) Master and the (2 year) Research Master in African Studies, watch this short film.

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The multidisciplinary master’s programme offers you an opportunity to learn about Africa from a wide range of angles, including historical, literary, cultural, socio-economic, and political. At Leiden, relevance and real-world issues are at the fore, which means that you get to critically analyse current events as they unfold, from a broad, comparative, and global perspective.


An important part of the master's programme is a seven-weeks internship at an organisation in Africa in combination with a five-weeks research project. Here, you can test your new skills and ideas in practice while gaining invaluable cultural and professional experience. You will receive funding for your internship from the Sustainable Humanities Internship Fund (for the academic year 2019-2020 this is € 1,250 per student).

You will be taught by leading scholars of Leiden University and the African Studies Centre Leiden and gain access to the ASCL’s excellent library and high-profile events, such as the ASCL Seminar Series, giving you an opportunity to connect with world-renowned researchers in the field.

Admission and application

Learn more about the entry requirements, how to apply and the tuition fee.

Practical information

Learn more about visas, housing, cost of living and scholarships.

Contact for further information

Ms. Jeanne Hoogbergen (Coordinator of studies, Master in African Studies)

Curious about the background, education so far and career expectations of our participating students? Read the interviews with two of our master's students: Hodo Hassan and Jochem Scheelings.