MA programme overview

Throughout their studies, master´s students not only engage in education by means of lectures and readings, but they also have the opportunity to enrol in Arabic and Persian language training. Language training is optional and not part of the curriculum, but we encourage students to benefit from the opportunities available.

Semester one and two: Mandatory courses

The first year students take mandatory courses. Two courses in Middle Eastern Studies corresponding to 30 credits. These courses will provide a grounding to Middle Eastern Studies and the theoretical background relevant to the study of the Middle East.  Students also take method courses corresponding to 30 credits. After a general methods introduction course, students get the opportunity to focus on a method or methods related to their particular thesis needs.     

Semester three

During the third semester students choose to do research internships, field work, internships or study abroad, for the first half of the semester.  The second half aims to introduce and include students in the research conducted at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies `The Middle East in the Contemporary World´ (MECW). Students will choose two elective courses related to our research domains:     

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     

Semester four

In the fourth and last semester, students work towards presenting their research through their Master thesis, 30.0 credits.   Degree Upon completion of the programme, a degree of Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies.

Programme structure