M.A. On Campus

Middle Eastern Studies (research)

24 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's MA programme in Middle Eastern Studies (research) offers you unmatched resources and expertise.


The Middle Eastern Studies (research) MA programme at Leiden University has a reputation for its breadth and depth of expertise that is unmatched in Europe. You can explore subjects that span virtually the entire Middle East both in time and geography.

The two-year research Master's allows you to freely combine subjects from seven specialisations: Turkish Studies; Arabic Studies; North African Studies; Persian Studies; Islam; Eastern Christianity; and Modern Middle East Studies. You can focus on a region such as the Arab world, North Africa or the Persian world, or on a discipline such as history, politics, literature or languages across a region. A key feature is our comparative approach to learning, which includes intra-Middle Eastern comparisons.

Additional courses develop your academic skills to an advanced level. You also have the opportunity to conduct field research in the Middle East or study courses at another top university.

Career prospects

  • Freelance writer/translator/project coordinator at a translation centre
  • Lecturer at a Dutch university
  • Translator and executive secretary at an embassy in the Netherlands
  • Policy officer for education and funding at a national student union
  • PhD candidate at a university in Spain
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • Policy officer for Sahel region at a ministry
  • Production assistant at a Swedish museum
  • Teacher of English/Islamic religion at an educational institute in Saudi Arabia
  • Middle East representative at a shipping and forwarding company.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • From Inkwell to Internet: Text and Transmission in the Muslim World (ResMA)
  • International Relations of the Middle East and Asia (ResMA)
  • Literature and Politics in the Persian-speaking World (ResMA)
  • Material Culture, Memory and Commemoration along the Silk Roads in Central Asia (ResMA)
  • The Middle East in the International Political Economy (ResMa)
  • Modern Muslim Qur’an Interpretation (ResMA)
  • Oil, Water and Waste: Environmental Issues in the Middle East and North Africa (ResMA)
  • Themes in Arabic Literature: Bandits and Outlaws, Fact and Fiction (ResMA)
  • War, Peace and Mass Media: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Public Sphere (ResMA)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree
  • You should have knowledge of the fundamentals of Middle Eastern Studies and/or area studies, literary studies, linguistics, history and/or social sciences, that ideally, but not necessarily, includes knowledge and understanding of the regional languages.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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