Arabic Studies (MA)
Designed by leading specialists in the field, the master's programme in Arabic Studies at Leiden University explores the language, literature, history and cultures of the Arab world.
Please note: From September 2019 you no longer need to select a specialisation, but you apply directly to the MA Middle Eastern Studies.
Learn from leading researchers in the field
Explore the rich world of Arabic culture, history, religion, language and literature with a master's programme that is unmatched in Europe. At Leiden University, we have the largest department in Arabic Studies in the Netherlands.
Focus on your area of interest
Expect a programme that delivers the best in academic skills and knowledge across a wide spectrum of topics. Unified around the dual themes of unity and diversity and continuity and change, teaching and research guidance is given on topics from the birth of Islam and the mediaeval world of 1001 Nights, to the modern-day cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia.
Put your theory into practice
During your studies you will have the opportunity to acquire broad practical experience in your field of study. The Arabic Studies department participates in study abroad programmes in Cairo and Rabat, and organises collaborative exchanges with the University of Amsterdam. Participation in these programmes will be an integral element of your study.
It is also possible to focus on Arabic Studies within the two-year Research Master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies.