Middle Eastern and North African Studies

About the subject

Interest in the Middle East and North Africa has increased with the recent developments in the regions. This has resulted in an increasing need for people with knowledge about the contemporary developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

During your studies of Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies you will learn about the region’s history, religions, social life, literature, culture, media, economics and politics, as well as research methodology and critical thinking.

Beginner courses are offered during the autumn semester, comprising three semesters culminating in the production of a bachelor’s thesis. In order to receive a bachelor’s degree you are required to enrol in another 90 credits of courses within subjects of your choice, such as political science, economics, anthropology, ethnology, education, sociology, history or linguistics.

Career opportunities

Our students usually combine studies in Arabic with courses in other subjects, such as political science, economics, ethnology, pedagogics, sociology, history or Arabic language. Former students are employed by the Swedish government agencies such as the Swedish Migration Agency, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), in trade, media and international organizations, and as interpreters.

Courses and programmes


To receive a bachelor’s degree in Arabic, you enrol in our freestanding courses or one of the programmes listed under “Education”.

To receive a master’s degree in Arabic, you enrol in the master’s programmes listed under “Education”.


Stockholm University conducts research in the fields of literature, history, religion and sociolinguistics.