Middle Eastern Studies - Master Programme
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 their education.
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. Since then, CMES has rapidly expanded into a truly international hub for research, public information and cultural events focusing on the Middle East. The research being conducted at CMES has four research domains: (A) Democratization and Social Development in the Middle East; (B) Environment and Sustainable Development in the Middle East; (C) Middle East Migrations: Diasporas and Minorities in Globalized Societies and (D) Religion, Processes of Interpretation and Identity formation in the Middle East.
The purpose of the program is to provide students with a broad understanding of the current Middle East as well as applied and specialized knowledge of a specific field of Middle Eastern Studies. 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.
Programme modules/courses. First semester: three 10.0 credit core courses builds a conceptual foundation for research in the Middle East. These courses provides knowledge on relevant theory, historical perspectives as well as discourses and debates. Second semester: methodology as well as three elective courses to start focusing on their thesis. Elective courses connect to the research conducted at the CMES `The Middle East in the Contemporary World´ (in total 30 credits). Third semester: Individual focus and method courses and internship in Sweden or abroad (30 credits). Fourth semester: Seminars and Master’s degree thesis (30 credits).
Prerequisites Admission Requirements: Students are required to have 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. Selections Procedures: Students must submit the standard Lund University application via www.universityadmissions.se (transcripts and application) but will also be asked to submit a personal statement (800 words), three letters of recommendation (with signed cover sheet in sealed and signed envelope), CV and two short writing samples (less than 2000 words each).
More information can be found at http://www.cmes.lu.se/index.php?id=9360
Master's Programme Coordinator: Kristina Robertsson, kristina.robertsson [at] cme.lu.se, +46 (0)46 222 0779
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
based on statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, CV and two short writing samples. For more information please see http://www.cmes.lu.se
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under "Entry requirements"). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency - check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Start Autumn semester 2017
daytime Lund, full time 100%
August 28, 2017 - June 2, 2019
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
- Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
- Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline
*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must submit the following when you apply for this programme:
- a statement of purpose (800 words),
- a CV (one page),
- three letters of recommendation (please find instructions and template on the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies website)
- two short writing samples (less than 2,000 words).
These programme-specific documents should be submitted directly to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (not to University Admissions in Sweden):
CMES' Education Coordinator
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Box 201, 221 00 Lund
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000
First payment: SEK 55 000
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
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