Korean Studies

The MA in Korean Studies is a broad-based programme that offers a large and varied selection of subjects, for example cultural and cultural-historical themes, Asian philosophies and language training.

Programme information

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The specialisation Korean Studies concentrates on cultural and cultural-historical themes like globalisation and frontier-cultures in Asia. It also examines Asian philosophies such as Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. Language training aims at providing a command of Korean and focuses especially on broad and practical applications for situations in which graduates often find themselves in their professional lives.

The first semester of the programme is held at Leiden. You will have the chance to follow a number of courses offered through the Asian Studies research master’s programme. The two semesters hereafter will be spent at one of Leiden’s partner universities in Korea, where you will develop your language skills through intensive study courses. During the final semester the thesis will be written.


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 Korean Studies 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 unileidenmasters.nl.

Year in Korea

Every year Korean Studies students are selected to attend a university in South Korea, partly as fulfillment of their MA degree. The Korean Studies MA specialisation has agreements with the Yonsei University in Seoul.

Read more about the Year in Korea.

Master thesis

It might seem far away, but you have to start thinking about your thesis from the very beginning. Each student must submit a brief description of their research interests by October 1 in the first year.

For more information on the MA Thesis, see the MA thesis protocol for Asian Studies.

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 Korean Studies

Last Modified: 29-11-2016