As a graduate of the MA in Middle Eastern Studies, you will be qualified to work in a wide variety of careers requiring specialist language or cultural knowledge. For example, within the diplomatic service, policy-making positions at ministries, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, positions in the educational sector or NGOs involved in development cooperation projects, but also within international organisations, the cultural tourism or socio-cultural sectors.
Positions you could hold after your studies
What careers do our graduates pursue?
- Co-owner of a travel agency
- PhD candidate at Leiden University
- Content and digital marketing assistant at an online dictionary service
- 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
- Assistant defence attaché at a Dutch embassy in the Middle East
- International copyright manager at a publishing house in Turkey
- International affairs officer at a Dutch university
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 Middle Eastern and African Studies
How successful are they in finding a job?
- 63 % found a job within two months.
- 84 % found their first job at professional or university level.
- 93 % held a position at professional or university level when the study was carried out.
In which sector do they find jobs? (%)
- Business services: 13
- Teaching: 17
- Government / semi-government: 13
- Research: 17
- Non-profit (e.g. at an idealistic organisation): 13
- Banking: 3
- Other: 23
What are their main tasks and responsibilities? (%)
- Writing editing translation: 43
- Research: 40
- Advising: 23
- Archiving organising administering: 23
- Implementing / preparing policy: 17
Source: Employment Market Study among Leiden Graduates in Humanities (2016, Student Career Service Humanities )