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Middle Eastern Studies (MA)

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.

Please note: if you want to start in February 2019 you will need to apply for one of the six Middle Eastern Studies specialisations as listed above. From September 2019 you do not need to select a specialisation, but you apply directly to the MA Middle Eastern Studies.

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Why study Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University?

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.

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Some of the many good reasons to choose this programme

  • This is a highly flexible programme that allows you to focus on your own specific area of interest.
  • Leiden University has one of the largest Middle Eastern Studies research and teaching faculties in Europe.
  • The work of our teaching faculty and researchers is widely respected all over the world.
  • Thanks to our partnership network we can offer you the opportunity to study at a university in the Middle East and immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture.

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Middle Eastern Studies: the right master’s programme for you?

This programme is definitely for you if want to work in career that requires specialist language or cultural knowledge of the Middle East. Careers such as the diplomatic service, immigration and naturalisation and NGOs involved in development cooperation projects.

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Middle Eastern Studies Degree

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).

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