M.A. Middle Eastern Studies: Islamic Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR16400 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR14700 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Leiden, Netherlands
The Islamic Studies master's specialisation at Leiden University provides you with an introduction to the various theoretical and methodological approaches to historical and current forms of Islam.

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The Islamic Studies master's specialisation at Leiden University provides you with an introduction to the various theoretical and methodological approaches to historical and current forms of Islam.

The focus of this programme is on 'Islam and Society', with special emphasis on the comparative study of Muslim society. It aims to respond to the growing demand for internationally oriented programmes that provide thorough training in the methodology of Islamic Studies. The specialisation in Islamic Studies provides you with the skills and insights required to conduct research in your chosen field. Much research on Islamic Studies is based on written sources and archive material from Islamic cultures and societies. This programme particularly focuses on these sources, teaching you to establish their value and importance in a specific context, or as the basis for a hypothesis. Social and historical approaches to the field are given ample attention, too.

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Tuition fee
  • EUR16400 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR14700 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The specialisation Islamic Studies forms a multidisciplinary programme spread over two semesters, which offers you the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics covering not only Islam in the Middle East and North Africa, but also Islam in modern societies further afield.

Semester 1

As a student of the Islamic Studies specialisation, you will have to take three courses during the first semester of which one will be taken jointly with students of the other specialisations. Besides this common core course, you will also take two specialisation courses.

Semester 2

You take one more course from the courses offered in the Islamic Studies programme at Leiden University. Furthermore, you will be working on your masterís thesis, while having bi-weekly sessions to discuss your progress. Throughout this process you will also be guided by your thesis adviser. For interested students an extra-curricular course on research methods will be offered. The credits of this course do not count towards the degree, though.

Requirements

Knowledge minimum: Working knowledge of one Islamic language, preferably Arabic. See website www.unileidenmasters.nl for details.

Previous education: BA degree in Islamic Studies, or an equivalent degree from a recognised institution (see website www.unileidenmasters.nl).

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C2
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL computer based: 250
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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