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Middle Eastern Studies (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

This degree programme deals with the cultural, religious, political and economic development of societies in the Middle East and examines the intercultural and transnational aspects of their global interrelations, focusing on the consequences of immigration from Middle Eastern countries to Europe. It covers elements of oriental philology, Islamic studies, cultural geography, political science, economics, law and the cultural history of Christianity in the Middle East. Students can create their own individual study profile by choosing a specialisation from Middle Eastern studies.

It is also possible to select Oriental and Islamic studies courses offered by Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. Furthermore, students have the chance to spend one semester abroad as the degree programme is part of international teaching and research partnerships.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st to 3rd semester

  • Compulsory module: Area and region
  • Elective module: Transregional topics and methods I and II
  • Two modules in the chosen specialisation
  • Three elective modules (you may choose one from the entire range of FAU modules subject to prior consultation)
  • You may choose a placement as an elective module
  • Bavarian Orient Colloqium

3rd semester

  • The third semester is the best semester for studying abroad
  • Research seminar group

4th semester

  • Research seminar group (in addition to Master's thesis)
  • Master's thesis in the chosen specialisation
Frequently asked questions

a) In which subjects do you recommend that I refresh my knowledge prior to starting the degree programme?

In theoretical and methodological approaches to Middle Eastern studies, in Arabic and, if applicable, any other Oriental languages.

b) If I come from another university, what will be new for me?

The degree programme is very flexible and interdisciplinary, involving compulsory, specialisation and elective modules from different faculties.

c) Why should I choose this degree programme at FAU?

It is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree programme and the research in Middle Eastern studies is unique in Germany. The University has excellent resources and access to the Bavarian library network. Research in Middle Eastern studies has a long tradition at FAU, combining classical philological and empirical sociological aspects. Students work closely with supportive lecturers.

d) What are the challenges?

You will receive personal support in every respect, therefore you should not encounter too many problems.


The Master of Arts is an internationally recognised academic degree and a professional qualification. It qualifies graduates for doctoral degree programmes in Germany and abroad and for academic work in research and teaching.

Admission requirements

Applicants with a good degree (final grade of 2.5 or better) in Oriental studies, political science, economics or geography are eligible. Applications from graduates of other subjects will be assessed by an admissions committee. Furthermore, you must submit proof of Arabic-language proficiency (at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; corresponds to approximately 40 ECTS credits) at the time of enrollment.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: Language Proficiency
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology