MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Lund University

Program Description

MA in Middle Eastern Studies

Lund University

Programme overview

The two-year international interdisciplinary Master’s pro­gramme in Middle Eastern Studies at the Centre for Mid­dle Eastern Studies (CMES) in Lund offers highly qualified students an opportunity to become experts on the Middle East. In addition, our education focuses on personal devel­opment, giving our students the necessary training and sup­port to be successful in their careers after their education.

CMES was selected in 2009 to initiate the research pro­gramme The Middle East in the Contemporary World as part of the Swedish Research Council’s strategic research areas. Since then, CMES has rapidly expanded into a truly inter­national hub for research, public information and cultural events focusing on the Middle East. The research being conducted at CMES has four 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 and (D) Religion, Processes of Interpretation and Identity formation in the Middle East.

The purpose of the program is to provide students with a broad understanding of the current Middle East as well as applied and specialized knowledge of a specific field of Middle Eastern Studies. Master’s students have close contact with our research projects, which form a vivid and open environment for studies and research, with excellent opportunities for internships and research involvement. Prolific international experts frequently visit CMES for joint ventures and guest lecturers that are integrated into the Master’s programme. The programme is run in collaboration with a number of Middle Eastern and European academic institutions, as well as with businesses, NGOs and development agencies active in the Middle East.

Programme modules/courses. First semester: three 10.0 credit core courses builds a conceptual foundation for research in the Middle East. These courses provides knowledge on relevant theory, historical perspectives as well as discourses and debates. Second semester: methodology as well as three elective courses to start focusing on their thesis. Elective courses connect to the research conducted at the CMES `The Middle East in the Contemporary World´ (in total 30 credits). Third semester: Individual focus and method courses and internship in Sweden or abroad (30 credits). Fourth semester: Seminars and Master’s degree thesis (30 credits).

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Career prospects

The programme offers courses in multiple focus areas as well as opportunities for attractive work placements and language training in the Middle East. It provides a solid foundation for a career in Middle Eastern analysis, politics, diplomacy, development, culture or enterprise, as well as for further academic research and PhD studies.

Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked 70th in the QS World University Ranking 2015, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated May 26, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2016
2 years
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Start date Oct. 2016
Sweden Lund
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