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Middle Eastern Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #67 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
Leiden University’s master’s in Middle Eastern Studies programme is a one-year, full-time master’s programme that is taught completely in English. It deals with a wealth of fascinating, inspirational and highly relevant topics. Two starting dates are possible: in September and in February.
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The master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies can help turn you into an authority on what has been for many years - and will continue to be for the foreseeable future - a region of constant political, ethnic and religious upheaval. 

Learning from renowned, internationally respected academics, you will delve into a wide range of relevant and contemporary topics. These can include the history, cultures and languages of Turkey, Persia and Israel, about Islam and all things Arabic, as well as international relations and the political economy of the Middle East.

Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).Career prospectsSome of the positions found by our alumni include those in:
  • research
  • teaching
  • governmental and semi-governmental organisations
  • non-profit organisations
  • business services
  • banking
  • Senior Recruitment Strategist bij SIRE | Life Sciences®
  • Referent der Geschäftsleitung bei Merck Finck & Co.
  • Onderzoeker bij De Beleidsonderzoekers
  • Analyst and Academic Researcher at Boston University
  • Project Manager bij een DenkTank
  • miscellaneous

Programme Structure

Programme structure

  • From 2019-2020 onwards you start with a common core course of 10 EC, Theories and Methods in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in your first semester. 
  • Besides this course, you can choose courses in historic and contemporary manifestations of cultures, languages, literatures and religions,  either directed at the Middle East in general, or at one of the regions of the Middle East in depth, namely the Arab world, the Ottoman and Turkish world, the Persianate world, and  Israeli society from the period of political Zionism to the present day. In line with one of these courses you will write a thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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