This programme will provide you with a broad knowledge base of Asia or the Middle East, or both areas in a comparative perspective. The curriculum covers politics, history, religion and language.
The two-year programme offers intensive and comprehensive training in present-day Area Studies research. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop disciplinary skills in fields such as politics, history and religion, as you build upon regional and (if you wish) language specialisation. Ample opportunities for in situ experience and fieldwork are available within the programme.
Leiden has an excellent international reputation in this field. It is one of the few universities in the world offering Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Persian, Indonesian, Korean, Sanskrit, Hindi, Tibetan and Turkish at BA level, with corresponding Research Masters' courses available within this programme. The programme is characterised by a broad historical framework, extending from the earliest civilisations in the Middle East and Asia up to present-day developments. This historical depth allows for both diachronic and transregional comparisons.
As a student you will receive intensive and comprehensive training covering the wide range of present-day Area Studies research.This Research Master provides core training in the Area Studies approach to knowledge, and opportunities for the development of disciplinary skills in fields such as politics, history, and religion, as you build upon regional and language specialisation.
BA degree or its equivalent from a recognised academic institute, with a relevant regional or disciplinary specialisation.
Reasonable command of the regional language(s) in question, sufficient for the successful completion of graduate studies.
IELTS overall band: 7, IELTS listening: 6.5, IELTS reading: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6.5, IELTS speaking: 7, TOEFL paper based: 600, TOEFL computer based: 250, TOEFL internet based: 100
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