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Leiden University MA Middle Eastern Studies
Leiden University

MA Middle Eastern Studies

Leiden, Netherlands

1 Years

English

Full time

15 May 2024

Sep 2024

EUR 20,900 / per year

On-Campus

Introduction

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. Building on a tradition of more than four centuries of studying the Middle East, we offer highly relevant and up to date insights into a wide variety of fascinating and inspirational topics.

Why study Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University?

The MA Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University offers one of the most interdisciplinary programmes in the Netherlands, stretching the breadth of humanities and social sciences and involving multiple languages of the Middle East. Our research and teaching covers periods from the late antique and medieval to the premodern and contemporary times, and with a regional diversity stretching from North Africa and Central Asia, including the Levant, Asia Minor, the Arabian Peninsula and the Iranian Plateau, and their transnational and global interactions. Courses are offered and faculty members conduct research in a wide range of fields including history, politics, religion, anthropology, political economy, international relations, heritage, material culture, literature, philology and cultural production, among others.

Some of the many good reasons to choose this programme

  • Leiden University has one of the largest Middle Eastern Studies research and teaching faculties in Europe.
  • The MA Middle Eastern Studies is a highly diverse and flexible programme.
  • Cutting edge research informs our teaching, and active connections are sought between research and teaching.
  • The Leiden University Library hosts a superb collection of source materials from and about the Middle East.
  • Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities is consistently ranked among the top humanities faculties worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking.

Study abroad

Thanks to our partnership network we can help you to study at a university or institution in the Middle East, where you can immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture. Language courses taken at our partner institutes in Cairo, Rabat and Istanbul can count in part towards your degree, while other courses taken at one of these institutes may form an extracurricular addition to your MA degree.

What are your career prospects?

This programme is definitely for you if want to take a deep dive into the diversity, nuance, beauty and challenges of studying this large, intercultural regional space and its rich history. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn from renowned, internationally-respected academics, you will also follow in the footsteps of alumni who have built careers that require specialist linguistic, cultural, social, and political knowledge of the Middle East in the diplomatic services, cultural institutions, non-profits, NGOs, immigration, international organizations, travel industry, development cooperation, as well as in academia.

Is Middle Eastern Studies the programme for you?

  • Leiden University has one of the largest Middle Eastern Studies research and teaching faculties in Europe.
  • The MA Middle Eastern Studies is a highly diverse and flexible programme.
  • Cutting edge research informs our teaching, and active connections are sought between research and teaching.
  • The Leiden University Library hosts a superb collection of source materials from and about the Middle East.
  • Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities is consistently ranked among the top humanities faculties worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking.

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