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Are you interested in Asia? Check out this Master's programme

Contemporary Asian Studies (MSc)

Contemporary Asian Studies (University of Amsterdam) is an innovative Master's programme with a broad, interdisciplinary character and a comparative approach to the study of Asia, a powerhouse of local and global changes. During the programme you will focus on all the main regions of Asia, stressing the importance of looking at interconnections both within the vast Asian region and between Asian societies and other parts of the world, including Europe.

Asia from a social scientific perspective

The main objective of the programme is to meet the growing demand for knowledge and expertise in different areas concerning Asian societies. This social science programme consists of courses that focus on contemporary themes as well as courses on specific regions of Asia. The programme also offers you the opportunity to design and conduct an independent field research in Asia, leading to the Master’s thesis. If you wish to conduct research on Asia from the Netherlands, that can also be accommodated.

Student Profile

Are you a student with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Social Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Political Sciences,  Law or Economics? Do you have a special interest in Asia? Then the Master's programme Contemporary Asian Studies might be the perfect Master's programme for you! Students with a Bachelor's degree in other fields or extensive experience in Asia can also be admitted, sometimes with a short preparatory e-programme. 

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