Turkish Studies


The specialisation Turkish Studies forms a multidisciplinary programme spread over two semesters, which offers you the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics covering the history and society of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey.

Semester 1

As a student of the specialisation Turkish Studies, you will have to take three courses during the first semester of which one will be taken jointly with students of the other specialisations. Besides this common core course, you will also take two specialisation courses.

Semester 2

In the second semester you will travel to Istanbul, where you will take courses at one of our partner universities, collect materials for, and work on, your thesis. You will complete your thesis work upon your return to Leiden. For those who cannot travel to Turkey, alternative courses are offered at Leiden University.

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, see the e-Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.


The aim of the programme is to introduce you to the concepts and academic approaches current in Turkish Studies, including various disciplines: linguistics, literature, history and social sciences. You will learn to use these concepts and approaches in researching and analysing source material in Turkish. Your thesis work will give you the opportunity to apply these methods in your own research.

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Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: Middle Eastern Studies
  • Graad Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 1 year
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60842

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