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Middle Eastern Studies - Master Programme

Master's programme2 years120 credits

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 (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


Centre for Middle Eastern Studies
Finngatan 16, Lund
+46 46 222 36 87

Master's Programme Coordinator: Kristina Robertsson, kristina [dot] robertsson [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se, +46 (0)46 222 0779

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

Selection criteria

based on statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, CV and two short writing samples. For more information please see

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.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


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Start Autumn semester 2018

Study period


daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

September 3, 2018 - June 7, 2020

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 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 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.

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must submit the following documents when you apply for this programme:

These programme-specific documents should be submitted directly to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (so not to University Admissions in Sweden):

CMES' Education Coordinator
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000

First payment: SEK 55 000

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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.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

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 You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations