Master's Studies

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Our two-year international MA program takes an innovative approach to studying the Middle East and provides unique opportunities to students who want to pursue a career working in or with the region. For information on how to apply here.

The application round for International, EU and Swedish students generally opens in October.

Semester One: Core Courses

The first semester builds a conceptual foundation for researching the Middle East through courses on relevant theory, methods and historical perspectives. We offer courses in Discourses and Debates on the Middle East; Middle Eastern Theories and The Formation of Middle Eastern Modernities.

First year students have the opportunity to enrol in Arabic language training in addition to their MA programme courses. Language training are optional and not part of the curriculum.

Semester Two: Elective Profile Courses

During the second semester students will choose three elective courses and one required methods course to begin focusing on their thesis. The elective courses relate to the research conducted at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies `The Middle East in the Contemporary World´ (MECW). The main research domains are:

A) Democratization and Social Development in the Middle East
B) Environment and sustainable Development in the Middle East
C) Middle East Migrations: diasporas and Minorities in Globalized Societies
D) Religion, Processes of Interpretation and Identity formation in the Middle East

This semester an advisor will be appointed to help build a ‘thesis research project plan’ for the third semester.

Semester Three: Study Abroad or Internship

The third semester is devoted to research or internship. Students will work with their advisers to develop the following independent courses:

  • Field Course: To be completed through a CMES certified internship or adviser approved research project relating to the students thesis.
  • Theory Course: A reading course designed by the student’s adviser to allow the student to begin focusing their theoretical approach for their thesis.
  • Country Focus Course: A reading course designed by the student’s adviser that allows the student to have a comprehensive foundation in what has been written about their country/region of focus.

The Center expect students to find their own internship but we have agreements with universities in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Tehran in addition to numerous agreements with organizations and institutions across the region. Students are not required to travel to the Middle East as there are study and internship opportunities nationally as well.

Semester Four: Thesis and Seminars

Students will work to complete their thesis under the guidance of their advisor and attend frequent advanced seminars.


Upon completion of the program, a degree of Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (with several disciplinary majors possible), in compliance with the National Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 2006:1053), will be awarded.