Middle Eastern Studies

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University is a one-year master's programme that is taught completely in English. It deals with a wealth of fascinating, inspirational and highly relevant topics.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Please note: if you want to start in February 2019 you will need to apply for one of the six Middle Eastern Studies specialisations. From September 2019 you do not need to select a specialisation, but you apply directly to the MA Middle Eastern Studies.

The Middle Eastern Studies programme can help turn you into an authority on what has been for many years a region of constant political, ethnic and religious upheaval. Learning from renowned, internationally respected academics, you will delve into a wide range of relevant and contemporary topics. These can include the history, cultures and languages of Turkey, Persia and Israel, about Islam and all things Arabic, as well as international relations and the political economy of the Middle East.

  • This is a highly flexible programme that allows you to focus on your own specific area of interest.
  • Leiden University has one of the largest Middle Eastern Studies research and teaching faculties in Europe.
  • The work of our teaching faculty and researchers is widely respected all over the world.
  • Thanks to our partnership network we can offer you the opportunity to study at a university in the Middle East and immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture.
Geesteswetenschappen: Jouw vooruitzicht op werk


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In 2018-2019, you will take one common core course of 10 EC, Theories and Methods in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 30 EC of courses related to the specialisation of your choice and, furthermore, write a thesis of 20 EC, discussing your progress in a thesis seminar.

From 2019-2020 onwards you will still take one of more courses on theories and methods related to doing academic work on the Middle East. Besides these courses you can choose from various elective courses.
These elective courses include courses in historic and contemporary manifestations of cultures, languages, literatures and religions, either directed at the Middle East in general, or at one of the regions of the Middle East in depth, namely the Arab world, the Ottoman and Turkish world, the Persianate world, and Israeli society from the period of political Zionism to the present day. In line with one of these courses the you will write a thesis of 20 EC.

Programme stucture:

  • Core courses (10 EC)
  • Specialisation courses (30 EC)
  • Thesis Seminar and MA Thesis (20 EC)

Core course
10 EC
Specialisation courses
30 EC
MA Thesis and Thesis Seminar
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
For a detailed programme, please see the e-Prospectus: https://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/en/studies/show/middle-eastern-studies

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 februari 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2020
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
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 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


63 studenten volgen deze opleiding
71% daarvan is vrouw
11 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
45% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

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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1/4 Universiteit Leiden
Middle Eastern Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
11 eerstejaars
45% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/4 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/4 Amsterdam UVA
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/4 Amsterdam UVA
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% 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
algemeen oordeel3.94.0
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 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 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 3.9 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After successfully completing the Middle Eastern Studies programme you will have developed and honed a unique set of skills that will be highly relevant to a career requiring specialist language or cultural knowledge of the Middle East. Alumni careers typically include those in government, the travel industry, the diplomatic service, immigration and naturalisation and NGOs involved in development cooperation projects.
This degree will also serve as an outstanding foundation for furthering your academic education with a PhD programme.

Some of the positions found by our alumni include those in:

  • research
  • teaching
  • governmental and semi-governmental organisations
  • non-profit organisations
  • business services
  • banking
  • miscellaneous

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