M.A. On Campus

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 challenges.


The programme

The focal point of the M.A. in “Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society” (CMEPS) at the University of Tübingen 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.

CMEPS is offered jointly by the University of Tübingen and the American University in Cairo (AUC).All students will spend one semester at the respective partner institution. They will gain practical work experience through an internship (alternatively: courses on transdisciplinary qualifications). The master’s theses will be jointly supervised by faculty members of both universities.

Programme Structure

  • Students will spend the first year of the program at their home university. They will take classes on Middle East politics and societies, regime change and democratization, and Comparative Politics of the Middle East. Depending on their prior knowledge, students will take Arabic language classes. 
  • The third term is spent at the partner institution where students will take a course on Development Politics, choose between courses of Issues in Cultures and Civil Societies of the Middle East and deepen their knowledge of Arabic in advanced in-country courses. It is also most likely in the third term that students will complete an internship either in Egypt or in Germany.
  • In the fourth term all students attend a research colloquium during which they need to present an outline of their planned thesis, write their M.A. theses, and sit an oral examination.

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

You are eligible to study in the CMEPS program if you hold a B.A. degree or equivalent- in Political Science, International Relations or a related social science, or

- in Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies, or a related discipline.

You also need to provide evidence of your proficiency in English, e.g. through TOEFL (scores: at least 90), IELTS (at least 6.5), a similar certificate, or through having graduated from an English-language university.

The application deadline is on 15th May of each year; studies begin in fall term.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

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

Living costs for Tübingen

630 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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