Korean Studies

The two-year Master’s in Asian Studies specialisation Korean Studies capitalises on Leiden University’s leading position within Europe as a centre for Korean studies. You will learn about Korea in-depth – at times using original source materials – from the perspectives of religious and popular culture, literature, the social history of religions, modern nationalism and collaboration and modern and contemporary history and historiography.

Choose Korean Studies at Leiden University:

  • Access an international network of academics who specialise in Korean Studies—throughout Korea, Europe, North America and Australasia.
  • Take advantage of the department’s strong connections with Korean universities and institutions and embark on an exchange programme at a top university such as the Seoul National University, Sungkyunkwan University or Yonsei University.
  • Learn from experts at Leiden University who are internationally renowned for their research on cultural and societal issues in pre-modern and modern Korea.
  • Benefit from a small-scale programme and the high levels of one-on-one attention that this affords, with opportunities to interact with staff regularly and informally, and pursue the specific areas that interest you most.

Leiden University opened the first centre dedicated to Korean studies in Western Europe in 1947. The department has since gone from strength-to-strength. Staff at the centre participate in high-profile research projects with colleagues from around the world and sit on a variety of editorial and advisory boards.

It is also possible to focus on Korean Studies as part of the two-year Research Master’s programme Asian Studies and the one-year East Asian Studies programme. The two-year Korean Studies programme has a maximum of 12 places; the Admissions Board ranks the requests on the fulfilment of the entry requirements. East Asian Studies and the Research Master’s have no restriction on the number of available places.

Check out the programme in Korean Studies.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Asian Studies
  • Degree Master of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60840

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