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African Studies (Research)





2 year



The programme is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives. Within the Research MA you will focus on developing your research skills, and you will have an entire year (including six months consisting of fieldwork) to execute your own research project. This offers you outstanding opportunities to get insights into working and conducting research in Africa and to enhance your job prospects.


Having successfully completed the research master’s programme, you will be qualified to undertake PhD research or work at research institutes, or work as a policy maker, journalist, or practitioner for Africa oriented organisations worldwide.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A bachelor’s degree in the field of African languages and cultures, (African) linguistics, history, cultural anthropology, literature, sociology, political sciences, public administration or other studies related to the social sciences.

English proficiency**

IELTS: 7.0 / TOEFL internet-based: 100

Faculty of Humanities

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.