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 learn about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In addition, our educational programme offers opportunities for personal development, giving our students the necessary training and support to be successful in their careers after their graduation from Lund University.
In 2009, CMES was selected by the Swedish government 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 an international centre for research, education and public outreach focusing on the Middle East and North Africa.
Master’s students work closely with our experts on their research projects and are therefore offered opportunities for internships connected to research. International experts frequently visit CMES for joint ventures and guest lectures that are integrated into the Master’s programme. CMES collaborates with a number of Middle Eastern and European academic institutions and our students can take advantage of existing structures to spend a semester at a leading Middle Eastern institution, such as the American University of Beirut, The American University in Cairo, the University of Jordan in Amman and Teheran University. CMES also has good relations with international and local NGOs in addition to development agencies active in the Middle East and North Africa.
The academic culture of openness and outreach is very important to us. CMES organises public lectures, film festivals, exhibitions and concerts. CMES actively participates in both current debates on Middle Eastern issues and national debates on multiculturalism.
Courses and number of credits,
First semester: The Formation of Middle Eastern Modernities (7.5), Introduction to Middle Eastern Debates (7.5), Key Theories in Middle Eastern Studies (7.5), Key Methods in Middle Eastern Studies(7.5).
Second semester: A mandatory and four elective courses (30). The electives will focus on research currently conducted at CMES. The main research themes are (1) Democratisation and Social Development in the Middle East; (2) Environment and Sustainable Development in the Middle East; (3) Middle East Migrations: Diasporas and Minorities in Globalised Societies and (4) Religion, Processes of Interpretation and Identity formation in the Middle East.
Third semester: Individual focus course (7.5), individual methodology course (7.5) and an internship/fieldwork (15).
Fourth semester: Master’s degree thesis (30).
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, diplomacy, government, development, culture, or enterprise, as well as for further academic research and PhD studies.
Read more about this programme on www.lunduniversity.lu.se/middle-eastern-studies
Why Lund University?
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.
If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.
The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.
Learn more about Lund University at www.lunduniversity.lu.se