About the Master CA-DS

The CA-DS Master programme in Leiden is research-oriented and provides students with the unique opportunity to carry out independent research abroad, under the guidance of experienced researchers. Within the multi-disciplinary approach, students can focus on a specific region or theme of their choice.

For information on our MA programme, the two specialisations, pre-master's, requirements and how to apply, see our special website Mastersinleiden.nl.

Field schools abroad: Indonesia and Ghana

As part of the Master CA-DS at Leiden University, students conduct 3 months of fieldwork. The Leiden Institute of CA-DS has a lot of expertise on South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore students are encouraged to conduct their research in one of our two field schools abroad, located in Indonesia (Java) or Ghana.

Nevertheless, students are not strictly limited to these regions and can focus their research on another region about which they have some expertise and speak the local language.

Professional research skills

The Master in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology provides students with the academic and professional skills required to independently design and execute research projects. Students follow several courses that make the research process as dynamic and successful as possible.

This includes the course ‘Doing Ethnography’ specialised in writing professional research proposals and ‘Writing Seminar’ which focuses on the complex task of writing up data once students return from the field. Each student also receives individual supervision for the duration of the programme.


The MA CA-DS accommodates a very broad range of theoretical, methodological and regional interests. The programme has two thematic specialisations:

Make a film!

The methodological track ‘Visual Ethnography as a method’ qualifies students for the use of audiovisual methods as part of anthropological research. Students will use audiovisual methods (like film and photographs) both as research and reporting tools.

More information about 'Visual Ethnography as a method’

Application and requirements

For information about the application procedure and requirements please visit our master's website.

More information

For information on the 2014-15 master courses and time-tables, please visit our e-Prospectus.
For any further questions, please contact us through caos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.