Middle East Studies

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3100 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Eager to learn about the Middle East? This programme facilitates better understanding of the region and its societies, politics, cultures and religions.

Career Opportunities  

The aim of the programme is to provide students with qualifications useful for job functions both in the Middle East and in a European or Danish context. Such job functions can aim directly at the Middle East – or indirectly dealing with Middle Eastern minorities outside the Middle East.

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 organisations and NGOs represent other areas where our candidates have found jobs.

About the Degree

The MA programme in Middle East Studies addresses students with different backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences, who want to enhance their knowledge with a special focus on the Middle East. The Middle East, with which we mean the area from Morocco in the west to Iran in the east and from Yemen in the south to Turkey in the north, is a region in a process of rapid cultural, political, religious, social and technological transformation due to its increasing interaction with the rest of the world.

In this time of rapid cultural, political, religious, social, and even technological changes, professionals who understand the region’s complexity are on demand. The programme offers an overview of the social and cultural issues facing the Middle East today. You will get to grips with the key issues that shaped the region’s past and will shape its future.

The study programme will also focus on the Middle East involving issues concerning Mediterranean perspectives, cultural encounters, refugee problems, human rights issues and European and Danish integration.

Course Content  
The two-year programme spans a range of disciplines, including political science, sociology, history, economics, anthropology, cultural analysis and history of religion. You get the chance to explore the region first-hand through work experience. This compulsory part of the programme can be spent in a business, government agency or non-governmental organisation based in, or with links to, the Middle East.  

In the final semester, you complete your Masters thesis. You can also study courses as independent modules to form part of another study programme. 


You must hold a Bachelor's degree in a related subject, have a high level og English proficiency and state special knowledge or interests related to the Middle East in a motivation letter attached to your application.    

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact the University of Southern Denmark directly.
A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Sep 01



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