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Master's Programme in Middle Eastern Studies

  • 120 credits

The Master's Programme in Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides in-depth knowledge of the Middle Eastern and North African societies, as well as area studies as an academic discipline. The program has two study paths; Arabic and Area studies.

The Master's Programme in Middle Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides in-depth knowledge of the Middle Eastern and North African societies, as well as area studies as an academic discipline.

The program has two study paths; Arabic and Area studies.

Study path 1 (Arabic) is aimed at students who have already studied Arabic and provides in-depth training in the Arabic language by developing the student's ability to use Arabic source material in scientific analysis.

Study path 2 (Area studies) is aimed at students who have not studied Arabic or want to focus on regional studies and provides advanced studies in Middle Eastern and North African societies.

The program's common courses deals with both Area studies in general and the Middle East and North Africa specifically, as well as scientific methodology and academic writing. The program also offers students the opportunity to select a number of courses in other subjects. Within the framework of the elective courses, the student can choose to do an internship, field studies and study abroad at a university in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The program prepares students for work within the private sector, the government, international organisations, research and development, as well as media and journalism, which requires in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa and/or good knowledge of the Arabic language. The program also provides eligibility for studies at graduate level.

  • How to apply

    The selection of students is based on a cumulative assessment of the relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme, the student’s academic skills as specified in the letters of recommendations as well as an assessment of the student’s letter of motivation.

    The following documentation should be submitted with the application:

    • Transcript of previous academic studies
    • Documented proof of English language proficiency
    •  A letter of motivation
    • Two letters of recommendations

    Motivation letter

    In the letter of motivation you should explain why you would like to study the programme as well as list any skills and experiences of relevance for the programme, including language proficiency in any languages other than English (and Swedish). The letter should not exceed two pages.

    Letter of recommendation

    The letters of recommendations should testify to your academic skills and should thus be from faculty/academic referees only.

    Transcripts of previous academic studies

    In the evaluation we will only consider previous academic studies documented by official transcripts. The transcripts should clarify whether you have written a bachelor's thesis and the credits awarded for the same.

    Documented proof of English language proficiency

    You can demonstrate you English language proficiency by certain upper secondary (high school) studies (English 6/B for Swedish students) certain university studies, or an internationally approved English test.

    For more information see: su.se/english/study/entry-requirements/english-requirements

    For more information on entrance requirements and how to document your eligibility see: http://www.su.se/english/study/entry-requirements/master

    All required documents should be sent with the application to the University Admission.