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After completing a bachelor’s degree, some students may choose to continue studying in order to earn a Master of Science (MSc). This graduate degree usually takes an additional one to two years to complete, allowing students to focus their studies on skills and knowledge that are likely to help them advance their careers or pursue a PhD.

What is an MSc in Middle East Studies? This type of degree program focuses on the culture, history and politics of Middle Eastern countries. In addition to taking appropriate language courses, classwork may cover such topics as political violence and resistance, Islam, foreign policies, political ideologies, state and transformation in the Middle East and international politics. Before graduation, students may be required to complete a thesis, dissertation, project or some time abroad.

Spending time delving into the history, politics and languages of countries in the Middle East can broaden students’ understanding of the world. These types of studies can be particularly useful for students looking for careers in international business or politics. 

How much it costs to earn a master’s degree in Middle East studies depends on the school and length of the program. Interested students are encouraged to contact the admission office of their program of choice in order to understand all of the costs involved.

Graduates who earn an MSc in Middle East Studies may find a variety of interesting career opportunities open to them. With proper language fluency and understanding of international politics and business, graduates may be able to work as communications officers, analysts, consultants and researchers. There may even be available work as a translator to political ambassadors visiting countries in the Middle East. Graduates may also decide to use their master’s degree as a gateway to a PhD program, which could lead to a career as a professor or teacher.

Online courses for earning a master’s degree in Middle East studies may be available for international students or those in need of distance learning options. For more information, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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10 Results in Middle East Studies

Philipps University Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

EMEA is a unique master’s programme combining institutional economics and business administration with applications to the economies of the MENA region. ... [+]

What is the idea behind EMEA?

EMEA is a unique master’s programme combining institutional economics and business administration with applications to the economies of the MENA region.

Understanding complex economic challenges in the MENA requires an interdisciplinary approach. Thus, EMEA includes a wide range of electives from various disciplines to facilitate a broad understanding of the region’s complexity.

The curriculum equips students with knowledge about up-to-date issues relevant for many MENA countries, e.g., Islamic finance, political economy, natural resources, corruption, and conflict.

Combined with one of the specialisation tracks, students sharpen their job market profile towards a career as regional experts with modern problem-solving skills specific to economics, finance and accounting, or management.... [-]

Germany Marburg
October 2019
Full-time
24 months
Campus
SOAS University of London

The degree offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology (class, gender, ethnici ... [+]

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Politics and international relations in the Middle East display many of the characteristic features of the modern world. Contentious legacies of imperial map-making fuel frontier disputes and throw into question the legitimacy of the territorial nation-state. Governments have been repeatedly challenged by populations tired of the old rationales for authoritarian rule and angered by its repressive effects. The politics of national identity, sometimes bound up with ideas of religious identity, have been given new urgency by class conflict, by military occupation and by the growth of the security state. Meanwhile, the long history of external intervention in the states of the region has heightened domestic and regional tensions.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Economics with reference to the Mid ... [+]

MSc Economics with reference to the Middle East

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two or Three years (part-time, daytime only). We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Economics. Applicants without a first degree in Economics may be admitted to the Diploma in Economics in the first instance. Satisfactory completion of the Diploma, at a level acceptable to the School, may allow students to take the MSc in the following year. All students must complete and pass the Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics course which is taught over three weeks in August/September before the start of the MSc.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modul ... [+]

MSc Violence, Conflict & Development (Palestine Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two years(part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Start of programme: September intake only

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway.

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United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

Students taking the Palestine Pathway will develop a specialist understanding of Development Studies in the context of Palestine. Development issues in Palestine are a ma ... [+]

MSc Development Studies (Palestine Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.

Subjects Preferred: Social Science

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

Applicants apply for the MSc Development Studies programme but can decide to follow the Palestine Pathway upon arrival by choosing the combination of modules required for this pathway (see Structure tab).... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Lund University

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Sweden Lund
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Durham University

The MSc Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a suppo ... [+]

Description

The MSc in Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims:

The programme is designed to establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters level, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World.

To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills.

To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies to provide a foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research and transferable skills that all students in the social sciences require as deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition.... [-]

United Kingdom Durham
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

This interdisciplinary programme builds on a number of fields of study, including ancient history, Middle Eastern studies and Islamic studies. It is distinctive in its br ... [+]

Programme description

This interdisciplinary programme builds on a number of fields of study, including ancient history, Middle Eastern studies and Islamic studies. It is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the University’s extensive expertise in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the pre-Islamic Iran to the present day. You will also learn from scholars with complementary interests in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

The programme provides a wide-ranging academic teaching and learning experience, one unique in the field of Persian studies, particularly for those who wish to combine research projects at postgraduate level with specialist methodological, theoretical, literary, and historiographical training.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

This two-year programme offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of Arabic language, region-specific culture, history and politics. It is intended for students who ... [+]

Programme description

This two-year programme offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of the Arabic language, region-specific culture, history and politics. It is intended for students who already have some knowledge of the Arabic language (approximately 400 hours of previous study or CEF level B1 or B2).

This programme takes a combined and communicative approach to the language, teaching all the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in parallel, combining both spoken ‘dialect’ and more formal Modern Standard Arabic, bringing learners to an advanced level in all skills.

You will have access to some of the UK’s leading experts in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and will experience a three-month immersion in language and culture in an Arabic-speaking country.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

You will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, modern politics and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the va ... [+]

Programme description

You will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, modern politics and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the various disciplines within this field.

Recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for research and undergraduate and postgraduate study, our department is well resourced. We are home to the Alwaleed Centre, part of an international network of centres devoted to the promotion of better mutual understanding between the World of Islam and the West. We boast an impressive library of current and archival material.

Programme structure

The programme will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays. You will complete one compulsory course, two research courses and three option courses over two semesters, followed by an independently researched dissertation.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus