Middle Eastern Studies Master’s Programme in


Middle Eastern Studies Master’s Programme in
Master’s Programme in
Middle Eastern Studies
•Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies
•2 years, full time, 120 ECTS credits
•Centre for Middle Eastern Studies
•Lund Campus
•Application deadline: 15 January 2015
•Programme start: August 2015
and the Public Sphere; Environment and Sustainable Development. Third semester: Individual focus courses abroad
and internship. Fourth semester: Master’s degree thesis (30).
Career prospects
The programme offers courses in multiple focus areas as
well as opportunities for attractive work placements and
Programme overview
The two-year international interdisciplinary Master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) in Lund offers highly qualified
students an opportunity to become experts on the Middle
East. In addition, our education focuses on personal development, giving our students the necessary training and support to be successful in their careers after Lund.
CMES was selected in 2009 to initiate the research programme The Middle East in the Contemporary World as part
of the Swedish Research Council’s strategic research areas.
language training in the Middle East. It provides a solid
foundation for a career in Middle Eastern analysis, politics,
diplomacy, development, culture or enterprise, as well as for
further academic research and PhD studies.
Admission requirements and how to apply
A Bachelor’s degree and a high level of proficiency in English. IELTS with a minimum of 7.0 (none of the sections under 6.0) is required. Knowledge of a major Middle Eastern
language is recommended but not required.
Since then, CMES has rapidly expanded into a truly international hub for research, public information and cultural
events focusing on the Middle East.
Master’s students have close contact with our
research projects, which form a vivid and open environment
for studies and research, with excellent opportunities for
internships and research involvement. Prolific international
experts frequently visit CMES for joint ventures and guest
lecturers that are integrated into the Master’s programme.
The programme is run in collaboration with a number of
Middle Eastern and European academic institutions, as well
as with businesses, NGOs and development agencies active
in the Middle East.
The academic culture of openness and outreach is very important to us. CMES organises public lectures, film festivals,
exhibitions and concerts. CMES actively participates in both
current debates on Middle Eastern issues and national debates
on multiculturalism against prejudice and Islamophobia.
Programme modules/courses
Formation of Middle Eastern Modernities (10), Introduction
to Middle Eastern Debates (10), Key-Theories in Middle Eastern Studies (10). Second semester: Choose electives (in total
30 credits). Courses within the following themes are offered,
while the precise courses may vary from year to year: Key
Methods in Middle Eastern Studies (compulsory); Politics and
International Relations; Islam and Muslim Culture; Religion
and Politics; Regional Migration; Middle Eastern Minorities
in the West and Multiculturalism; Conflict and Security; Gender and Social Change; The Arab Spring; Social Movements
What alumni say
“The third semester gives you a really good opportunity
to get hands on experience and network by doing fieldwork. You can meet people who are doing what you want
to do after your studies, and through that you can find
a future career.”
Cecily Cook, from USA
1. Go to www.lunduniversity.lu.se and find the programme.
About the Center of Middle Eastern Studies
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies was founded in 2007
Click on “Apply” and follow the instructions for the on-
in an effort to support and coordinate research on the re-
line application form on the Swedish national applica-
gion at Lund University. Research on the Middle East has
tion website.
existed in Lund since the university’s founding in 1666. Over
2. Send your supporting documents (for details on docu-
the last few decades, an increasing amount of disciplines
ment requirements, see www.universityadmissions.se):
across all faculties of the university have begun conduct-
- Cover sheet
ing research and teaching courses on the region. CMES will
- Certificates and diplomas from previous studies at an inter-
continue to support these efforts by becoming an interna-
nationally recognised higher education institution (univ-
tional hub in Scandinavia for interdisciplinary research on
ersity or university college)
the Middle East.
- Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each se-
mester (including course list)
- Proof of English language skills
About Lund University
Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of
- Proof that you meet the specific admission requirements
years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 univer-
- A statement of purpose (800 words)
sities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff
- CV
based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in
- Three letters of recommendation
our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world
- Two short writing samples (less than 2000 words)
and the human condition.
- Copy of the page in your passport with your personal data
and photograph, or some other identification document Lund is Sweden’s most attractive study destination. The Uni-
(EU/EEA citizens may need to send a certified passport versity offers one of the broadest ranges of programmes
and courses in Scandinavia, based on cross-disciplinary and
3. Make sure to check the country specific requirements on
cutting-edge research. The compact university campus en-
www.universityadmissions.se before sending your docu-
courages networking and creates the conditions for scien-
tific breakthroughs and innovations. The University has a
4. Pay the application fee (when applicable).
clear international profile, with partner universities in over
50 countries.
Selection of students is based on statement of purpose,
Funding of SEK 5 billion a year goes to research at eight fac-
transcripts, letters of recommendation, CV and two short
ulties, which gives us one of Sweden’s strongest and broad-
writing samples.
est ranges of research activity. Over 30 of our research fields
are world-leading, according to independent evaluations.
There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. For non- EU/EEA
citizens the tuition fee for this programme is SEK 110 000 per
year. For details on tuition fees, see www.lunduniversity.lu.se
Programme webpage
Master’s programme coordinator:
Tina Robertsson, [email protected]
Disclaimer: Changes may have been made since the printing of this fact sheet. Please see www.lunduniversity.lu.se for any updates.

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