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Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies

120 credits, 2 years

Important information

The content on this page applies only to students who were admitted to the program start in Autumn 2022 or earlier. Certain updates have been made to the program syllabus that will apply to future application rounds, starting with the Autumn 2023 intake. For the most updated information about this program, please see our page on the Master Program in Society and Politics of the Contemporary Middle East

Programme overview

The Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary social science master's programme which aims to develop deeper knowledge about the Middle East of today. The programme trains students in critical thinking and gives them the ability to apply this to current events and debates in and about the region. The programme also aims to educate students in social sciences theories and various research methodologies, as well as provide opportunities for the application of methodological skills.

We use a comprehensive definition of the MENA region to include 24 countries: 21 members of the Arab League (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen), in addition to Iran, Israel/Palestinian Occupied territories and Turkey. Particular emphasis is given to the processes, norms and flows that continuously shape the Middle East, such as migration, refugeeship, legal, political, social and economic conditions as well as cultural and gender constructs.

In terms of teaching, the programme is based on a close connection to research within Middle Eastern Studies, in which the students are integrated in ongoing research in the field. Besides lectures and seminar-based teaching, the programme has an emphasis on supervision and mentoring, and offering individually designed field studies and applied exercises. During the programme, students conduct independent field work under supervision and are trained to academically review the work of other students.Students shall write a thesis that covers the contemporary period and discusses one or several countries of the MENA region broadly defined  (e.g., their populations, societies, politics, history, artistic or knowledge production, etc.), or a thesis which studies the populations from MENA countries in the diaspora. The thesis should also engage with the theoretical literature about the region. 


After completing the programme, students will acquire a Degree of Master (120 credits) of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies.

Click here to see the Middle Eastern Studies Programme Structure.


About the Programme

Programme Period:
August 2021 to June 2023


Programme Director:
Rola El-Husseini Dean