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Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). The International Masters Program in Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University is an English two-year program offered by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). The program will offer opportunities for students of various disciplines and backgrounds, in order to accommodate the objectives of students who will apply for a PhD program as well as to those who wish to enter the private and public sectors. The first semester builds a conceptual foundation through courses on critical historical thinking on the Middle East, relevant social scientific theory applied on Middle Eastern societies, and perspectives on current debates about the Middle East. During the second semester, students start specializing their studies through elective courses connected to the main research perspectives of the CMES. 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, democracy and human rights; Islam and Muslim culture; Religion and politics; Regional migration and refugees; Citizenship and nationalism; Middle Eastern minorities and multiculturalism; Conflict and security; Gender and social change; Popular protest and uprisings; Social movements and the public sphere; Environment and sustainable development. The third semester offers individualized studies. Students conduct an internship or an individual research project in the Middle East, and take reading courses customized to fit research interests, in dialogue with an individual adviser. We will encourage students to continue with their focus from the second semester and find academic and professional opportunities to strengthen their development. Students are encouraged to continue conducting research or collecting data for their theses during the third semester. For the final semester, students will be able to focus solely on their thesis. Advisers will be assisting the student through this process and guide the student on plans after the completion of their MA. The field-based components of the program (the third term s qualified internship), moreover, apply the theoretical knowledge to the professional reality of the area of contemporary Middle East. Central to the CMES is language training. Knowledge in a major Middle Eastern language is only recommended for admission. Throughout the program, however, students are offered extra curricular language training. Students are also encouraged to take active part in the Center's research and outreach projects. The program prepares students both for a professional career and for further academic studies within the broad field of Middle Eastern Studies. The overall focus of the MA program is on personal development to foster critically thinking individuals. As a result, this master in Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University provides students with the education, network and skills necessary to continue with postgraduate studies as well as begin professional work in companies and organizations working in or with the Middle East. 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). General information The Center for Middle Eastern Studies was inaugurated in 2007. It is an interdisciplinary area studies center working in coordination with academic departments at Lund University, the international academia and the private sector. The research being conducted at CMES is primarily done through a project named The Middle East in the Contemporary World funded by the government of Sweden and the Swedish Research Council. The project has four research domains: (A) Contemporary Interpretations of Islam and Muslim Culture, (B) Hydropolitics, Security and International Law, (C) Migration and Mobility - Exile and the Politics of Belonging and (D) the Middle East in Sweden. While the center s expertise is mainly on the above four domains, CMES is working in coordination with academic departments at Lund University, international academia as well as public institutions. 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.
More information can be found at http://www.cmes.lu.se/index.php?id=9360
dations from friends and professors and knowing the excellent academic tradition of Lund University and the Swedish educational system in general, it was obvious for me that Lund University’s Centre for Middle Eastern Studies was the right choice.”