Wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, revolts in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia, power struggles in Turkey, Saudi-Arabia and Israel – conflicts in the Middle East are daily news.
Do you want to become a specialized expert on the region and its conflicts and meet the huge societal demand for knowledge and insights in the Middle East? Then join our Master’s programme Middle Eastern Studies in Groningen.
The one-year Master’s programme in Groningen focuses on contemporary developments in the Middle East, with particular emphasis on the theme of conflicts. The programme is interdisciplinary and research-driven, using insights from fields such as International Relations, Religious Studies and Anthropology to help you to understand this highly dynamic and fascinating region.
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If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies, the Master’s programme enables you to specialize in the theme of conflicts and to increase your familiarity with important theoretical and methodological approaches to the region. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in another (related) discipline, the Master’s programme facilitates you to familiarize yourself with the Middle East and apply your expertise to this region, which is of huge importance in today’s world.
The programme offers core modules on contemporary developments in the Middle East, conflicts in the region, the role of international organisations and the theme of religion and politics. We discuss cases such as Syria, Israel-Palestine and Iran. We also give you ample space to pursue your own interests and develop your own expertise, for example through papers, tutorials and internships, for example, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, embassies or think tanks, media agencies and societal organisations working on issues such as migration, refugees, terrorism and security.
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Middle Eastern Studies is the most topical degree programme there is
'After I had finished my BA in Art History, I wanted to focus more on current issues. I chose Middle Eastern Studies, the most topical degree programme there is. News items are discussed and extensively analysed in class the very same day they appear. A major plus about the programme was that it taught us a variety of different ways to delve deeper into a subject. For example, I wrote papers and gave presentations, but I also organized a study day on Iran together with my fellow students.
What I also liked a lot was that the programme included
the option to go on a placement. I followed my placement at the
Koninklijke Militaire School Luchtmacht, the Royal Netherlands Air
Force school at Woensdrecht air base, where I taught classes on all
kinds of topics, from Dutch politics to Dutch mission areas in the
Middle East. I also gave several lectures on the United Nations and
thereby contributed to the Missiegerichte Opleiding Mali, the
training programme for military personnel about to go on a mission
Right now I am busy applying for jobs and have already noticed that this Master’s degree programme prepares you for a wide range of jobs. So besides imparting a lot of knowledge about current issues in the Middle East, it also ensure great prospects for the future!’
The lecturers within the department are not only very much engaged with all students, but they are also very knowledgeable and visibly passionate about their fields of expertise
Hello! My name is Rianne and I am currently enrolled in the master’s program of Middle Eastern Studies at the RUG. I started this program after having finished the premaster. I feel like Middle Eastern Studies is the perfect fit for me and I am excited to tell you about it!
For a long time, I have been interested in learning more about the Middle East. In the media, the Middle East is more often than not portrayed as the battlefield for wars, humanitarian disasters, and an ongoing need for foreign presence and intervention. However, a closer look at the Middle East, its history, people, and cultures, reveal its incredibly dynamic character and offers a chance to better understand the colourful and diverse region. The MA Middle Eastern Studies takes a multidisciplinary approach, focussing on politics, religion, sociology, economy, anthropology, and much more. For me, the MA Middle Eastern studies provides an interesting challenge in learning more about the complex region that is ‘the Middle East’.
Please note that starting with this master programme in February is only possible in exceptional cases. Please contact the study advisor for more information.
Are you a non-EU/EEA student from Mexico, Russia, China, India, or Indonesia, starting a Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the University of Groningen OTS/Talent Grant, Faculty of Arts, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.
Read more about the OTS/Talent Grant Faculty of Arts.