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Turkish Studies (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University

What our graduates do

Our alumni have chosen career paths within the diplomatic service, in policy-making at ministries, at the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, the education sector, NGOs involved in development cooperation projects, international organisations, cultural tourism or the socio-cultural sector.

Some of the positions of our alumni include:

  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • Content and digital marketing assistant at an online dictionary service
  • Policy officer for Sahel region at a ministry
  • Production assistant at a Swedish museum
  • Teacher of English/Islamic religion at an educational institute in Saudi Arabia
  • Middle East representative at a shipping and forwarding company
  • Assistant defence attaché at a Dutch embassy in the Middle East
  • International copyright manager at a publishing house in Turkey
  • International affairs officer at a Dutch university
  • Co-owner of a travel agency

Your qualifications

As a graduate of the master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies, you are qualified to work in a wide variety of careers requiring specialist language or cultural knowledge. You will also be qualified to move into an academic career or choose to do a PhD programme.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

Chantal Hamelinck

Graduated in Turkish Studies (MA Middle Eastern Studies)

Chantal Hamelinck

"After my BA degree in English literature, I wanted to learn a language that was completely different in structure from English and Dutch. After my graduation from the MA Turkish Studies at Leiden University I first did an internship at a literary agent in Istanbul. A year later I started working as Foreign Rights Manager at one of the largest publishing groups in Turkey, for which I was in touch with publishers from all over the world."

Explore a completely different language

After three wonderful years, I decided to move back to The Netherlands, where I currently work as Account Support Coordinator for Elsevier in Amsterdam. Here I continue using my Turkish, as I work with customers from Turkey. I am very grateful that the MA Turkish Studies has taught and motivated me to explore a completely different language and culture, and what I learned greatly helped me in my work experience there, as well as back here in The Netherlands.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA in African Studies and MA in Middle Eastern Studies. 

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 17.0 % Research
  • 17.0 % Teaching
  • 13.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 13.0 % Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation)
  • 13.0 % Business services
  • 3.0 % Banking
  • 24.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 63.0 % found a job within two months
  • 84.0 % found their first job at academic level
  • 93.0 % held a position at academic level when the study was carried out