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Stockholm University Master's Programme in Middle Eastern Studies 2017, Sweden

Publish Date: Dec 30, 2016

Deadline: Jan 15, 2017

About the programme

The Master’s Programme in Middle Eastern Studies is a two-year interdisciplinary program that provides deepened knowledge of the languages and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as area studies as a scientific discipline.

The program has two study paths: Arabic and Area Studies.

Study path 1 (Arabic) is intended for students who have already studied Arabic, and provides additional training in the Arabic language by developing the student’s ability to process and use Arabic source material in scientific analysis.

Study path 2 (Area Studies) is intended for students who have not studied Arabic or who wish to focus on regional studies, and provides advanced studies of the societies of the Middle East and North Africa.

The programme's joint courses treat both area studies in general and studies of the Middle East and North Africa in particular, as well as scientific methodology and academic writing. The program also gives the student the opportunity of choosing a number of courses in other main fields.

Within the framework of the elective courses on the second term there is the possibility of doing an internship as well as studies abroad at an institution in the MENA region.

The language of instruction is English.

The programme leads to a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Entrance Requirements and Selection of students

Bachelor's degree (including a bachelor's thesis comprising a minimum of 15 ECTS) within the main field of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, or equivalent, and Knowledge of English equivalent to course English B/English 6 from Swedish Upper Secondary School.

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. 

Your application should be submitted through the Swedish national application site no later than January 15, 2017.


The program prepares the students for work in business, management, international organizations, research and development projects, as well as media and journalism, where an extensive knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa and/or good knowledge of the Arabic language is required. The program will also provide eligibility for studies on the PHD level.

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