Middle Eastern Studies

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

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This unique programme covers virtually the entire Middle East, both in time and in geography. It offers five specialisations, each of which can be further tailored to suit your area of interest.

The MA in Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University offers you the latest insights in the history, literature, languages and politics of the Arab, Persian and Turkish worlds, with special attention paid to the fields of Islamic law, anthropology, philology and the modern Middle East.

You can specialise in one of five different areas, each of which can be further tailored to your area of interest by opting for a particular disciplinary approach, such as linguistics, anthropology, history, literary studies, or the Modern Middle East; or by choosing a particular geographic region, such as Morocco or Central Asia. You can also focus on a particular historical period, such as the Middle Ages or the twentieth century.

The staff's extensive international network will give you opportunities to conduct research abroad at various institutions and universities in the Middle East, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the society and culture of your studies and gain valuable new skills.
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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
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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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specialisatie Arabic Studies

Explore the rich world of Arabic culture, history, religion, language and literature with a master's that is unmatched in Europe.

Designed by leading faculty in the field, the Master's in Arabic Studies at Leiden University explores the language, literature, history and cultures of the Arab world.

Leiden University has the largest department in Arabic Studies in the Netherlands and a reputation that is unmatched in Europe.

Expect a programme that delivers the best in academic skills and knowledge across a wide spectrum of topics. Unified around the dual themes of unity and diversity and continuity and change, teaching and research guidance is given on topics ranging from the birth of Islam and the medieval world of 1001 Nights, to the modern-day cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia.

Key features of the programme include academic rigor, an emphasis on linguistic immersion, and practical experience. You have the opportunity study courses at other universities, including at our partner universities in Cairo and Rabat, and the University of Amsterdam.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

specialisatie Islamic Studies

Study the rich context of Islamic law and the anthropology of the Muslim world from the perspective of the social sciences and philology.

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.

specialisatie Modern Middle East Studies

This programme focuses on modern Middle Eastern times, from the rich cultures, literature and religions of this strategically important region, to major events, issues and developments.

The Master's in Modern Middle East Studies at Leiden University offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East and North African regions.

Explore this strategically important area from the nineteenth century to the present. This programme stands out for its multidisciplinary approach and its broad geographical range: from Arab, Iranian and Turkish societies to Islam in the west, south-east Asia and Africa.

Key issues and themes explored include the impact of the Islamic Revolution (1979) in Iran and its links to the past; the call for democratic reform in the Arab Spring and its resonance in the Muslim world; the role of oil in local and world politics; and the secular movement in Turkey and its repercussions.

Taught by Leiden's internationally-acclaimed Humanities faculty, the programme covers the latest theoretical debates, such as colonialism, Orientalism and Occidentalism. You can also follow specialised interdisciplinary courses on the interaction between literature and politics and the Middle East's relationship with Europe.

Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

specialisatie Persian Studies

This master's offers courses that combine philology with modern history, literature with linguistics, religion with rituals, and visual arts with rich Persian iconography and visual arts.

Join a distinguished academic tradition with a Master's in Persian Studies at Leiden University.

Classical and modern Persian literature have been studied at Leiden University since the sixteenth century, leading to such masterpieces as Saadi's Rose Garden being translated in situ, and cementing Leiden's reputation as a leading centre of expertise.

Your master's in Persian Studies capitalises on this expertise to bring you a world-class qualification in Iranian languages and cultures, with scope to tailor the programme to the topics or regions that most interest you.

Persian culture is approached as a supra-national phenomenon. Study the cultural aspects of Persia across the many nations in which Persian is the official language: Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and the much wider area in which Persian has had a cultural and literary influence—from Mughal India to Central Asia, parts of the Caucasus and the Ottoman Empire.

A broad range of subject areas are offered, but your focus will be within one of three disciplines: Linguistics, Literature or History.

Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.

specialisatie Turkish Studies

This master's offers one of the widest ranges of courses in the field of Turkish Studies, from history and linguistics, to literature, art and material culture.

Join students from around the world who come to Leiden University to pursue a Master's in Turkish Studies.

Leiden University's Master's in Turkish Studies is offered by one of Europe's largest Middle Eastern research and teaching departments. With its wide range of topics and international classroom, this master's delivers the best in academic knowledge and skills.

Explore Turkey from a wide range of perspectives, from history and linguistics to literature and art. Develop your understanding of Turkey's relationship to Europe, its transition from a multi-ethnic Ottoman state to a nation state, and the dynamics of modernisation.

Gain first-hand experience of Turkish culture during an exchange at one of our partner universities in the ancient and vibrant city of Istanbul.

Our faculty offer courses on Ottoman and modern Turkish history, the Social history of Central Asia and the Caucasus, Linguistics, Cultural history and art and material culture, Literature and performing arts, and Minorities and Christian communities in the Middle East
Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.


taal van onderwijs100% en
For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the specialisations.
honours-/excellence program

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
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


? studenten volgen deze opleiding
?% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
?% daarvan is vrouw
26505 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU

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

Studying Middle Eastern Studies in Leiden lived up to the hype and high expectations that I had beforehand.

As a student, I was also able to benefit from the rich library of the university, which contains not only the latest and most renowned sources of information, but I also had the great experience of seeing and learning how to work with some of the oldest manuscripts in the world.

All aspects of student life
On top of all the academic benefits that the University provides, Leiden is one of the most picturesque and beautiful towns in the Netherlands. 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 ...


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1/9 Universiteit Leiden
Middle Eastern Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/9 Universiteit Leiden
Modern Middle East Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/9 Universiteit Leiden
Persian Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/9 Universiteit Leiden
Turkish Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/9 Universiteit Leiden
Arabic Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/9 Universiteit Leiden
Islamic Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
7/9 Rijksuniversiteit
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/9 UvA
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
9/9 UvA
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
50% Nederlandstalig
50% Engelstalig
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 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

As a graduate of the Master's in Middle Eastern Studies you will be qualified to work in a wide variety of careers requiring specialist language or cultural knowledge. For example, within the diplomatic service, policy-making positions at ministries, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, positions in the educational sector or NGOs involved in development cooperation projects, but also within international organisations, the cultural tourism or socio-cultural sectors.
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

aansluitende masteropleidingen

UvALerarenopleiding Arabisch part-time educational+ aanv. eisen
UvALerarenopleiding Hebreeuws part-time educational+ aanv. eisen
bron: doorstroommatrix.nl

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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