Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society

University of Tübingen

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The M.A. in “Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society” (CMEPS) at the University of Tübingen is a two-year joint master’s program offered by the University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC).  


It provides in-depth knowledge of the political and societal developments in the Middle East as well as analytical tools for understanding this region’s complex dynamics and challenges.

The programme

The focal point of the degree program is the relationship between societies and states in the MENA region, as well as the dynamics of social and political transformation. The key topics are Comparative Politics of the Middle East, development politics and international cooperation, and issues of regime change and democratization. 

Students can also choose from a range of elective modules, concentrating, for example, on International Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, or on issues in the culture and civil societies of the Middle East. Depending on their first degree, students of the CMEPS program will also take courses in either Political Science methods or basic Arabic during their first year. Irrespective of their first degree, by the end of their studies CMEPS students will have a unique profile which combines an advanced knowledge of Comparative Politics with a strong specialization in the politics, society, cultures, and language of the Arab Middle East. To promote the link between theory and practice, study trips to international organizations and development agencies as well as to important political and cultural institutions of the respective host country are included in the program.

Programme Structure

Research at the Institute of Political Science

  • Research is at the forefront of the institute's work, as we view research and teaching in tandem and not as two separate entities. In the recent past we have acquired man third party funds, not just from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), but also from other trusts and foundations.
  • Our institute is also focused on cooperation, together with other departments at the University of Tübingen, and also with other partners throughout Germany and abroad.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CMEPS is open to student with a first degree in Political Science, Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies or in a related discipline. 
  • Applicants who are not English native speakers need to provide a certificate (at least 90 scores in TOEFL iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or equivalent)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

This is in addition to the general semester fees of currently 158.30 euros per semester.


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Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society
University of Tübingen