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  MA Middle Eastern Studies

Leiden University    Faculty of Humanities

Full time September, February MA Full-time: 1 year
History & Archaeology (19) Languages, Literature & Culture (21)

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Are you fascinated by the rich history, cultures, and languages of the Middle East? Look no further than the MA Middle Eastern Studies programme at Leiden University. Taught entirely in English, this one-year master's programme offers a wide range of topics, including Turkey, Persia, Israel, Islam, and Arabic. With six specialisations to choose from, you can focus on your specific area of interest. Benefit from the expertise of renowned academics and immerse yourself in the region through our partnership network. To join this programme, you'll need a bachelor's degree and a good command of English, unless you meet the exemption criteria. Start your journey today!

About the course

Leiden University’s Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies programme is a one-year, full-time Master’s programme that is taught completely in English. Building on a tradition of more than four centuries of studying the Middle East, we offer highly relevant and up to date insights into a wide variety of fascinating and inspirational topics.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

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Toby Jones

I was born in France, lived in the US for many years, and did my high school and bachelor’s in the UK. Through delving into Mediaeval History at St Andrews, I became drawn to studying mediaeval cultures in Asia, particularly the Middle East. Leiden offered me the perfect opportunity to study further by giving me a place on the Research Master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies.

I was very happy to move somewhere quieter and more peaceful, after living in London for 6 years. The ease of access to larger cities like The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam means you are never far from something interesting happening. There are excellent places to get a beer, have a nice meal, study, and sit in the sun when it appears! There are few more enjoyable experiences than cycling along canals with the sun in your face and the breeze in your hair, and you can discover much of the Netherlands this way. Leiden is a wonderful, exciting place to live and study!


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Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial to full tuition.


For excellent Non-EEA/non-EFTA students joining a full-time Leiden University Master's degree programme - with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School. Exception: All nationalities for Advanced LLMs & MSc Int. Relations and Diplomacy are eligible to apply.

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For full details please visit the Leiden University Fund - Lutfia Rabbani Scholarship Fund website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to €30,000


The scholarship is intended for students who have received an official letter of admission to a one-year Master's programme at Leiden University. Applicants must be nationals of one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates or Yemen. This fund is intended for students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence and a strong motivation to promote Euro-Arab dialogue.

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