Middle East Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


The purpose of the graduate programme in Middle East Studies is to provide thorough knowledge of contemporary historical and political conditions of the Middle East.

The student will acquire both historical overview of the Middle East and detailed insight into central issues of the shaping of the modern Middle East - issues which have contributed and will continue to contribute to form the Middle East, Middle East Studies, and the processes that will characterise the region and the research fields in the beginning of the 21st century.

This Middle East Studies programme is offered by the University of Southern Denmark. The study programme will also focus on the Middle East involving issues concerning Mediterranean perspectives, cultural encounters, refugee problems and human rights issues and European and Danish integration.

Career opportunities

The aim of the programme is to provide students with qualifications that will motivate them to seek jobs and functions in the Middle East and that will equip them to fulfill these – including jobs associated with the Middle East in a European or Danish context. In addition, the aim is to provide students with qualifications that will equip them for tasks in the Danish, Scandinavian and European integration sector.

The graduates in Middle East Studies have been employed in many different areas. The secret services in Denmark (PET and FE) and the Danish integration sector (in ministries and municipalities) are the top scorers. The EU, international organizations and NGO’s represent other areas where our candidates have found jobs. Typical job areas are:

  • Danish ministries, mainly the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Integration, the Secret Services (PET and FE)
  • Danish municipalities and regions (the integration sektor)
  • international organisations, NGO’s
  • the culture- and tourism sector
  • Danish companies operating in the Middle East
  • research, teaching, jobs in the information sector, media etc.


The quality and relevance of the programme are accredited by the Danish Accreditation Institution.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Introduction to History and Society in the Middle East
  • Economics and Natural Resources in the Middle East
  • Mediterranean Perspectives
  • Culture and Religion in the Middle East
  • Politics and International Politics in the Middle East
  • Elective Course
  • History of research on the Middle East
  • Work Placement/placement abroad
  • Thesis
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

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Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Middle , you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:

  • History
  • English
  • Religion
  • French
  • Journalism
  • Ethnography
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Negot
  • Philosophy and
  • Political Science

You can also apply if you hold a similar degree including a minimum of 60 ECTS within the following subject areas:

  • History and social relations, historical analysis, international politics and international economics as well as political science and political structures)).
  • Culture (subjects and topics such as cultural history, intercultural relations, cultural analysis alongside media and literature).
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      6500 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Odense

    • 5400 - 7800 DKK/month
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