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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.

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