Middle East Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The purpose of the graduate programme in Middle East Studies is to provide thorough knowledge of contemporary historical and political conditions of the Middle East.

The student will acquire both historical overview of the Middle East and detailed insight into central issues of the shaping of the modern Middle East - issues which have contributed and will continue to contribute to form the Middle East, Middle East Studies, and the processes that will characterise the region and the research fields in the beginning of the 21st century.

This Middle East Studies programme is offered by the University of Southern Denmark. The study programme will also focus on the Middle East involving issues concerning Mediterranean perspectives, cultural encounters, refugee problems and human rights issues and European and Danish integration.

Career opportunities

The aim of the programme is to provide students with qualifications that will motivate them to seek jobs and functions in the Middle East and that will equip them to fulfill these – including jobs associated with the Middle East in a European or Danish context. In addition, the aim is to provide students with qualifications that will equip them for tasks in the Danish, Scandinavian and European integration sector.

The graduates in Middle East Studies have been employed in many different areas. The secret services in Denmark (PET and FE) and the Danish integration sector (in ministries and municipalities) are the top scorers. The EU, international organizations and NGO’s represent other areas where our candidates have found jobs. Typical job areas are:
  • Danish ministries, mainly the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Integration, the Secret Services (PET and FE)
  • Danish municipalities and regions (the integration sektor)
  • international organisations, NGO’s
  • the culture- and tourism sector
  • Danish companies operating in the Middle East
  • research, teaching, jobs in the information sector, media etc.


The quality and relevance of the programme are aproved by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Introduction to History and Society in the Middle East
  • Economics and Natural Resources in the Middle East
  • Mediterranean Perspectives
  • Culture and Religion in the Middle East
  • Politics and International Politics in the Middle East
  • Elective Course
  • History of research on the Middle East
  • Work Placement/placement abroad
  • Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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To apply for the Master's programme in Middle , you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:

  • History
  • English
  • Religion
  • French
  • Journalism
  • Ethnography
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Negot
  • Philosophy and
  • Political Science

You can also apply if you hold a similar degree including a minimum of 60 ECTS within the following subject areas:

  • History and social relations (subjects and topics such as social relations (including comparative social description), historical analysis, international politics and international economics as well as political science and political structures)).
  • Culture (subjects and topics such as cultural history, intercultural relations, cultural analysis alongside media and literature).

You must have passed at least 10 ECTS within each of the areas. The Bachelor's thesis can also count if the thesis is related to one of the areas.

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6200 International
  • Free EU/EEA


Options for full-degree graduate students:

BHJ Scholarship

Only available for students applying for a master programme at our Sønderborg Campus

Six one-year scholarships are issued pr. year: three for studies within the technical field i.e. Mechatronics and Innovation & Business respectively, and three are for studies within the field of business administration i.e. Business Relationship Management.

A scholarship of DKK 40.000 may be granted if and when the requirements are met. It is paid in two instalments of DKK 20.000 per semester. The scholarship grant depends on acceptance and enrolment as a full-time student in one of the above mentioned programmes.

Options for Exchange and Guest Students:

Danish Government Scholarship for Foreign Nationals (the Cultural Agreements)

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