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Middle Eastern Studies (MA)

Why Leiden University

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.

The right location to study Middle Eastern Studies

Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities is consistently ranked among the top 30 Humanities faculties worldwide in the THE World University Ranking. At Leiden, you learn from top scholars, as well as experts from our extensive international network. You also have the possibility of studying at institutions and universities in the Middle East itself.   

International Centre of Expertise

Leiden University has one of the largest research and teaching departments in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Our master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies covers virtually the entire Middle East both in time and in geography, offering you a rare educational opportunity. You will also have access to the unique resources of Leiden University's world-famous library.

An individual approach to learning

Small tutorial groups give you valuable time interacting directly with your teachers. You can share your ideas and they can challenge them. At Leiden, learning is designed to do exactly this: to challenge you to think harder, analyse more deeply, and explore new perspectives.

A head-start to your career

Our reputation means that your qualification is respected by organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional abilities, specialised and in-depth knowledge, and critical-thinking skills.

The Leiden Experience