Middle Eastern Studies: Islamic Studies

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
Study the rich context of Islamic law and the anthropology of the Muslim world from the perspective of the social sciences and philology.

The Master's in Islamic Studies at Leiden University provides you with an introduction to the theoretical and methodological approaches taken to the study of historical and current forms of Islam.

Designed to meet the growing demand for internationally-oriented expertise on Islam and the methodology of Islamic Studies, this programme focuses on developing your understanding of 'Islam and Society', taking a comparative approach.

Acquire the skills and insights to conduct independent research in your chosen field. Much research on Islamic Studies is based on written sources and archive material from Islamic cultures and societies. This programme focuses on these sources, teaching you how to establish their value and importance in a specific context, or as the basis for a hypothesis. Social and historical approaches to the field are also given ample attention.

Those interested in the study of Islam in a European context can apply for the MA in Theology and Religious Studies.

Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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diplomaMA Midden-Oosten Studies
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
Geesteswetenschappen: Jouw vooruitzicht op werk

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.
  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking. You learn from Leiden's 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.
  • Leiden University has one of the largest research and teaching departments in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Our Master's in Middle Eastern Studies covers virtually the entire Middle East both in time and in geography, offering students a rare educational opportunity. Access the unique resources of Leiden University's world-famous library.
  • All Master's in Middle Eastern Studies give you the freedom to construct a personalised programme. Tailor your degree by opting for a particular disciplinary approach, geographic region, or historical period.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence 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.

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For a detailed programme, see the e-Prospectus: http://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/studies/show/middle-eastern-studies-islamic-studies. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.
The Master's in Islamic Studies is a multidisciplinary programme spread over two semesters. You have the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics covering not only Islam in the Middle East and North Africa, but also Islam in modern societies further afield.

Semester 1
Three courses must be taken during your first semester. One course is compulsory and taken jointly with students from the other Middle Eastern specialisations. You have the freedom to select your other two courses from those offered by Islamic Studies.

Semester 2
During your second semester you follow one course from the Islamic Studies curriculum at Leiden University. You also work on your master's thesis. Throughout this process you are guided by a thesis adviser. An extra-curricular course on research methods is offered to interested students.

For a detailed programme, see the e-Prospectus: http://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/studies/show/middle-eastern-studies-islamic-studies. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.
Theories and Methods of Middle East and Islamic Studies
10 EC
Specialisation Course I
10 EC
Specialisation Course II
10 EC
MA Thesis
20 EC
Thesis Seminar in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Specialisation Course III
10 EC


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The aim of the programme is to introduce you to the concepts and academic approaches current in Islamic Studies, including various disciplines: religious studies, history and social sciences.
You will learn to use these concepts and approaches in researching and analysing source material in Arabic or another language. Your thesis work will give you the opportunity to apply these methods in your own research.

The development of in-depth knowledge of the field, and the ability to think critically and analytically are key goals of this programme. Opportunities are provided for students to broaden their world experience and professional skills in preparation to excel early in their chosen career.

honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for. The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Students can apply who have:

  • Good study results in the bachelor's programme;
  • The ambition and motivation to develop leadership qualities;
  • A broad and interdisciplinary span of interest.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2016
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 14900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16600
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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?% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
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25470 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


Hikma is a study association intended for all master and PhD students working on Middle Eastern, Near Eastern, and Islamic studies. We intend to offer an addition to the study programmes with lectures, informal peer review sessions, and a online blog in which students can publish their work.
Membership is open for all students in the master programmes of Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies, but also students from other disciplines (e.g. social sciences) working on the Middle East are invited to join.

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Ivan Gospodinov
Ivan Gospodinov - Student Testimonial Middle Eastern Studies Leiden University

Ivan Gospodinov

I managed to gain not only valuable knowledge but also experience from the large pool of world renowned academics as well as one of the most thorough and rich libraries in the world.

Working with old manuscripts
The value that the professors provide does not simply stem from their knowledge and expertise in the intricate world of Middle Eastern politics, culture and history, but students also have the added benefit of meeting and interacting with an international team that allows for a very complex and diverse viewpoint on almost every topic...
You are able to enjoy all spectrums of student life, from university organised activities, sightseeing, having fun with your fellow students and even having a cup of coffee or tea in a small café next to one of the beautiful canals whilst enjoying the view of the classic old Dutch windmill.

Editor of international affairs
I am very happy to say that my academic background as a Master's student at Leiden University was one of the main reasons I was chosen for an internship as an editor in one of the fastest growing and innovative news outlets in the Netherlands – Zapaday. The internship began during my second semester and as of this writing I am a full-time employee holding the position of “editor of international affairs” with a focus on the developments in the MENA region and I am delighted to say that the knowledge I gained is already being put to use on a daily basis. 

lees verder ...
Dr. Léon Buskens


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1/8 Universiteit Leiden
Islamic Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
37% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/8 Universiteit Leiden
Arabic Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
37% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/8 Universiteit Leiden
Turkish Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
37% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/8 Universiteit Leiden
Middle Eastern Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
37% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/8 Universiteit Leiden
Persian Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
37% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/8 Universiteit Leiden
Modern Middle East Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
8 eerstejaars
37% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
7/8 Rijksuniversiteit
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/8 UvA
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel3.83.8


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Middle Eastern Studies: Islamic Studies aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 12 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University. As a graduate of the MA in Islamic Studies, you will be qualified to move into an academic career or follow a PhD programme. You are also qualified to a range of positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors, such as in marketing functions within internationally operating companies, or with specific commercial enterprises that have links with the Islamic world.
The MA in Islamic Studies prepares you for a wide range of positions.

Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bachelor's graduates, as does relevant work experience during your studies and choosing your electives strategically.

What careers do our graduates pursue?
  • Co-owner of a travel agency
  • 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

How successful are they in finding a job?
  • 63 % found a job within two months.
  • 84 % found their first job at professional or university level.
  • 93 % held a position at professional or university level when the study was carried out.

current job market

vergeleken met andere studies

zoektijd baanzeer slecht
salaris na 1,5 jaar zeer slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

Potentiële beroepen

  • beleidsmedewerker of voorlichter
  • diplomaat of attaché
  • docent
  • journalist of buitenlands correspondent
  • medewerker bedrijven met vestigingen in het midden-oosten
  • medewerker bibliotheekwezen, toerisme, onderwijs en wetenschap
  • medewerker bij bedrijven met vestigingen in het midden-oosten
  • pr-functionaris
  • tolk
  • verslaggever midden-oosten voor krant, radio of tv
  • vertaler
  • wetenschappelijk onderzoeker
bron: CBS


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