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M.A. in Mediterranean Studies

Course Description

The MA in Mediterranean Studies is a collaborative Postgraduate Program offered by the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese (Greece), in partnership with:

The Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Bologna (Italy),
The Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) of the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (France),
The Department of International Relations of the Yasar University (Turkey), and
The Department of Economics and Finance of the Neapolis University of Pafos (Cyprus),
The Olympia Summer Academy.

It is designed to be a flexible and dynamic umbrella program that covers a wide variety of issues and problems of the mediterranean area across different disciplines (i.e., Political Science, International Relations, Cultural Studies, and Economics). It is premised on a multidimensional approach to an array of pressing, though interdependent, questions such as conflict, security and nationalism; democratization, civil society and the Arab Spring; Cultures and multiculturalism; gender issues and activism; economic crisis and development; and energy security and environmental challenges. The collaborative structure of the program facilitates the diverse contributions of faculty of the different participating institutions, enabling and sustaining the programs wide-ranging focus.

Upon completion of studies, graduates of the Postgraduate Programme:

Possess advanced, interdisciplinary knowledge of the modern Mediterranean region in relation to its political systems, international relations, cultural diversity, and socio-economic conditions.
Have a solid and comprehensive methodological, theoretical and empirical knowledge basis to work individually or in team in order to investigate, analyze and solve problems, particularly with regard to the design and implementation of policies in the Mediterranean region.
Are able to draw on academic theories, analytical concepts, and historical experience to critically assess policies and policy prescriptions for the region promoted by public agencies, non-governmental organizations and international organisations.
Are able to conduct professional-level research, articulate tenable arguments, and present original findings and viewpoints concerning developments in the region.
Are able to prepare and carry out work plans/research and take responsibility for decision-making and problem-solving.
Are able to assume administrative duties in their field of expertise and deal with any upcoming problems, either individually or collectively.

Structure of Program

The program of studies comprises six core courses, four elective courses (out of which each student should select two courses) and a dissertation. The program’s requirements corresponds to 75 ECTS credits.

Winter Term
Core Courses

Research Methods in Social Sciences

(8 ECTS)

Conflict and Security in the Mediterranean

(8 ECTS)

Civilizations and Cultures in the Mediterranean

(8 ECTS)

Elective Courses

Economic Development in the Mediterranean

(6 ECTS)

Comparative politics and government in the Mediterranean

(6 ECTS)

Lent Term
Core Courses

The Arab Spring and civil society in the Mediterranean

(8 ECTS)

Energy and natural resources in the Mediterranean

(8 ECTS)

The EU in the Mediterranean

(8 ECTS)

Elective Courses

Democracy, human rights and multiculturalism: Europe and the Arab countries

(6 ECTS)

Cultural Geographies of the Mediterranean

(6 ECTS)


(15 ECTS)

The program’s requirements corresponds to 75 ECTS credits.

Visit the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies page on the University of the Peloponnese website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scholarships for MA in Mediterranean Studies - 2 Awards

The Department provides two merit-based full tuition fee waivers for economically disadvantaged students coming from non-EU Mediterranean countries with an outstanding profile.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waivers


Economically disadvantaged students coming from non-EU Mediterranean countries with an outstanding profile.

Application Procedure

A tuition fee waiver request.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicant students should have a degree (at least second class honours) in a relevant field of study (e.g., Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Economics and Law). Applicant students should also have excellent command of English. Previous professional experience and any other relevant skills (e.g., knowledge of other languages spoken in the Mediterranean) will be considered too.

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