Turkish Studies (MA)
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
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.
Graduated in Turkish Studies (MA Middle Eastern Studies)
"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