MA in Middle East Studies


Program Description

The purpose of the graduate program in Middle East Studies is to provide a thorough knowledge of contemporary historical and political conditions of the Middle East.

You will acquire a historical overview of the Middle East as well as detailed insight into central issues related to the shaping of the modern Middle East.

The region is studied in a global perspective – we are interested in the Middle East in the world – as well as through a broad range of disciplinary lenses; political science, history, sociology, economy, anthropology, and religious and cultural studies.

The study program offers perspectives on the Middle East and Mediterranean relations, cultural encounters, natural resources, politics, and economics. Furthermore, the program involves an internship in the Middle East.  

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Program structure

The study program has its point of departure from a historical and political perspective but generally advances an interdisciplinary approach to Middle East Studies. This signifies that the region will be illustrated and analyzed from various academic approaches.

The study program has a prescribed period of two years of full-time study but is designed to enable studying a few courses as independent modules that may become part of other study programs or universities.

The study program includes placement in corporations, organizations, or the like in the Middle East, or with connections to the Middle East.

Learning outcomes

The Graduate Program in Middle East Studies aims to meet the following competence targets for the students:

General competence targets:

Students should be able

  1. to delimit and define a problem in the subject area
  2. to investigate, analyze and solve technical problems with the aid of relevant academic theories and methods
  3. to systematize complex knowledge and data and select and prioritize factors that are important for a given topic
  4. to make a critical assessment of the subject’s various theories and methods
  5. to make precise and consistent use of concepts and terminology
  6. to base their arguments on tenable academic foundations
  7. to enter into qualified dialogue
  8. to have a clear focus and consistency in carrying out their tasks
  9. to take a critical stance with regard to sources used and to provide documentation for these using references, notes, and bibliographies
  10. to use IT as a tool both in searching for information and in oral and written communication

Subject-specific target skills:

Students should

  • have a broad, solid knowledge of the modern Middle East in relation to modern history, culture and social conditions
  • have a firm theoretical and methodological basis in modern history and in social and cultural analysis with particular reference to the academic history of Middle East research
  • be able to develop and respond to academic issues relating to the Middle East in an independent and scientific manner
  • be in a position to carry out project and communication assignments relating to the Middle East on a scientific basis and to present these to relevant working partners.

Intellectual competences:

Students should:

  • be able to work and think critically and reflectively in relation to research issues in the relevant disciplines
  • be able independently to formulate and present knowledge and viewpoints regarding the Middle East

Practical competences:

Students should:

  • be able in a practical sense to take part in teamwork relating to research and communication about the Middle East
  • be able to make concrete contributions to work involving information, planning or development for organizations, institutions and business concerns working with the Middle East on the basis of solid knowledge about the area

Career opportunities

The aim of the program is to provide students with qualifications that will motivate them to seek employment in the Middle East – including jobs associated with the Middle East in a European or Danish context. In addition, the aim is to provide students with qualifications that will equip them for conducting jobs in the Danish, Scandinavian, and European integration sectors.

Thus far, graduates from Middle East Studies have found employment within many different fields. For instance, with the secret services in Denmark (PET and FE) and the Danish integration sector (in ministries and municipalities). The EU, international organizations, and NGOs represent other areas where our graduates have found work. Typical areas for employment are:

  • Danish ministries, mainly the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Integration as well the Secret Services (PET and FE) and the police
  • Danish municipalities and regions (typically integration-related job functions)
  • international organizations and NGOs
  • the tourism sector
  • Danish companies operating in the Middle East
  • research, teaching, the information sector including media venues and public relations functions
Last updated Jul 2020

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