Programme African Studies (research)

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.

Programme information

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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. Students are encouraged to continue to develop their competence in their own specific discipline but at the same time have to acquire sufficient knowledge of a wide variety of disciplines and how they pertain to Africa. They will be able to evaluate and, where appropriate, incorporate the results of such disciplines in their own work.

The aim of the International Research Master in African Studies is to produce scholars capable of independently judging and initiating research into the history, political economy and culture of African countries. The curriculum develops research skills, including the skills needed for field work, makes students actually do field work, and is completed with a substantial thesis and preparation of an academic publication.

See for more information on the programme the description of the Research master African Studies at the African Studies Centre.

Timetables and calendar

Prospectus: programme overview and course description

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the African Studies (research) section of the Prospectus for more information.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Study advice

Every department (or degree programme) has a Co-ordinator of Studies (studiecoördinator). The Co-ordinator of Studies knows all the ins and outs of the programme and can help with any problems. Typical subjects to discuss with the Co-ordinator of Studies are: student progress (and delay) and exam regulations.

Graduation procedures

MA students who are ready to apply for their graduation should follow the graduation procedure. See the graduation website for more information about this procedure, the MA thesis, and how to deregister from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All the rights and obligations of students in the Humanities faculty are set out in regulations. The most important of these are indicated below. (The list is not exhaustive; more documentation on regulations may appear here in the future.)

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards, committees, and co-participation

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the departmental Teaching Committee
  • the departmental or institute administration ór Institute Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.

Contact and staff for African Studies (research)

Last Modified: 29-11-2016