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Turkish Studies (MA)

Join students from around the world who come to Leiden University to pursue a master's programme in Turkish Studies.

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

Leiden University's master in Turkish Studies is offered by one of Europe's largest Middle Eastern research and teaching departments. With its wide range of topics and international classroom, this programme delivers the best in academic knowledge and skills.

Study at one of our partner universities in Istanbul

During your studies you will explore Turkey from a wide range of perspectives, from history to literature to art. Develop your understanding of Turkey’s relationship to Europe, its transition from a multi-ethnic Ottoman state to a nation state, and the dynamics of modernisation. You will also gain first-hand experience of Turkish culture during an exchange at one of our partner universities in the ancient and vibrant city of Istanbul.

Choose from a wide range of specialist courses.

This master's programme offers one of the widest ranges of courses in the field of Turkish Studies, including courses on:

  • Ottoman and modern Turkish history
  • Social history of Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • Linguistics
  • Cultural history and art and material culture
  • Literature and performing arts
  • Minorities and Christian communities in the Middle East

It is also possible to focus on Turkish Studies within the two-year research master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies.

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