Middle Eastern Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, revolts in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia, power struggles in Turkey, Saudi-Arabia and Israel – conflicts in the Middle East are daily news.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

Do you want to become a specialized expert on the region and its conflicts and meet the huge societal demand for knowledge and insights in the Middle East? Then join our Master’s programme Middle Eastern Studies in Groningen.

The one-year Master’s programme in Groningen focuses on contemporary developments in the Middle East, with particular emphasis on the theme of conflicts. The programme is interdisciplinary and research-driven, using insights from fields such as International Relations, Religious Studies and Anthropology to help you to understand this highly dynamic and fascinating region.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies, the Master’s programme enables you to specialize in the theme of conflicts and to increase your familiarity with important theoretical and methodological approaches to the region. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in another (related) discipline, the Master’s programme facilitates you to familiarize yourself with the Middle East and apply your expertise to this region, which is of huge importance in today’s world.

The programme offers core modules on contemporary developments in the Middle East, conflicts in the region, the role of international organisations and the theme of religion and politics. We discuss cases such as Syria, Israel-Palestine and Iran. We also give you ample space to pursue your own interests and develop your own expertise, for example through papers, tutorials and internships, for example, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, embassies or think tanks, media agencies and societal organisations working on issues such as migration, refugees, terrorism and security.

Read more about the department of Middle Eastern Studies.

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Focus on contemporary developments in the Middle East; emphasis on the theme of conflicts
  • Highly qualified staff and research-driven education
  • Ample space to pursue own interests and develop own expertise
  • Internship integrated in the programme
  • Small-scale programme, strongly committed staff, dedicated students


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The one-year Master's programme offers four core modules in the first semester; all focusing on different aspects of the contemporary Middle East and conflicts in the region. The second semester enables you to further develop your skills and expertise through an internship or a tutorial and a Master's thesis.
Contemporary Developments in the Middle East
5 EC
Conflicts in the Middle East
10 EC
International Organizations and the Middle East
10 EC
Religion and Politics in the Middle East: text analysis
5 EC
Master Thesis afstuderen
20 EC
Tutorial / internship / study abroad keuzevak stage
10 EC


specialisatie Master's placement

A placement during this Master is most recommended.

It is your responsibility to find a placement yourself, but the Office for Student Affairs can offer help with this where necessary.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
40% theorie
10% praktijk
literature study, research, excursion, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, group discussion, individual assignment, self study, seminar
study guidance
Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.
In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.

study abroad
To be recommended for placement.
exchange programs
  • - Nederland
    In de master behoort een buitenlandverblijf tot de mogelijkheden.
honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

If you would like to start in February, please contact the study advisor for more information.

Requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale 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


18 studenten volgen deze opleiding
33% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Siduri is the study association for both Bachelor and Master students of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Groningen. Siduri aims to create a unifying environment for its students by organizing study related activities, such as symposia, lectures and trips to various Middle-Eastern countries, but also socials and an annual Christmas dinner.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Nadieh Wesseling
Middle Eastern Studies is the most topical degree programme there is

'After I had finished my BA in Art History, I wanted to focus more on current issues. I chose Middle Eastern Studies, the most topical degree programme there is. News items are discussed and extensively analysed in class the very same day they appear.A major plus about the programme was that it taught us a variety of different ways to delve deeper into a subject. For example, I wrote papers and gave presentations, but I also organized a study day on Iran together with my fellow students.

What I also liked a lot was that the programme included the option to go on a placement...
I also gave several lectures on the United Nations and thereby contributed to the Missiegerichte Opleiding Mali, the training programme for military personnel about to go on a mission to Mali.
Right now I am busy applying for jobs and have already noticed that this Master’s degree programme prepares you for a wide range of jobs. So besides imparting a lot of knowledge about current issues in the Middle East, it also ensure great prospects for the future!’

lees verder ...


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1/4 RUG
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? eerstejaars
NAN% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/4 Universiteit Leiden
Middle Eastern Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
11 eerstejaars
45% 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 oordeel3.8
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 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Middle Eastern Studies aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 6 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

There is a huge demand for expertise on the Middle East, for example in relation to foreign policy, refugees and terrorism and security. Our alumni work both in the Middle East and Europe. Relatively many students find a job in politics and diplomacy, for example at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or an embassy or consulate. Quite a number of alumni have acquired a job in local authorities or NGO's in the development and refugee sector.

Others work in media, the security and counter-terrorism field or the cultural sector. The huge consequences of conflicts in the Middle East, both in the region itself as well as in the West provide ample opportunities to acquire Middle-East-related jobs and positions.

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bron: doorstroommatrix.nl

Potentiële beroepen

beleidsmedewerker buitenlandse zaken
diplomaat of attaché
medewerker vluchtelingenopvang bij ngo
middle east reporter for newspaper, radio or tv
verslaggever midden-oosten voor krant, radio of tv
wetenschappelijk onderzoeker
bron: StudieData


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Maaike Kroese


Prof. Dr. Wout van Bekkum

Director of Studies

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