Middle Eastern Studies (research)


The programme prepares you for functions outside of academe in the public or private sector in which advanced research skills and substantial practical research experience are among the qualifications required. This may be in a research agency or research department in a businesses or governmental organisation, or any number of other career opportunities. If you wish to pursue an academic career, the Research Masters Middle Eastern Studies is an excellent preparation for writing a PhD thesis

Positions you could hold after your studies

  • Freelance writer/translator/project coordinator at a translation centre
  • Lecturer at a Dutch university
  • Translator and executive secretary at an embassy in the Netherlands
  • Policy officer for education and funding at a national student union
  • PhD candidate at a university in Spain
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • Policy officer for Sahel region at a ministry
  • Production assistant at a Swedish museum
  • Teacher of English/Islamic religion at an educational institute in Saudi Arabia
  • Middle East representative at a shipping and forwarding company

What can you do to prepare for the job market?

Humanities students are doing very well on the job market, as is evidenced by recent research carried out by our Student Career Service. Its results lead to the following advice, which will help you prepare for the job market:

  • Gain relevant work experience during your studies
  • Use the electives element in your study strategically
  • Get your master’s degree.

Read more on the Humanities Career page.

Some figures about graduates of a Research Master’s programme

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 68 % found a job within two months.
  • 79 % found their first job at professional or university level.
  • 89 % held a position at professional or university level when the study was carried out.

In which sector do they find jobs?

  • Research: 45%
  • Education: 17%
  • Government and semi-governmental organisations: 8%
  • Publishing and the book industry: 6%
  • Communication: 3%
  • Culture, sports and recreation: 3%
  • Miscellaneous: 18%

What are their main tasks and responsibilities? (%)

  • Research: 51%
  • Teaching and training: 39%
  • Writing, editing, translation: 30%
  • Informing and communication: 14%
  • Archiving / organising / administering: 11%

Source: Employment Market Study among Leiden Graduates in Humanities (2016, Student Career Service Humanities )

Master details

  • Graad Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (research)
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 2 years
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60843

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