Master's Programs

The Master in Middle Eastern Studies

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With its ethnic, religious, economic and political diversity, the Middle East is both a culturally rich and an extremely complex region. It is also a strategic region, vulnerable, and full of promises. Recently, the Arab Springs have put the Middle East in the media spotlight. The challenges of transition in the region come at a time of accelerating economic, political and cultural change, both on the national and the global levels.

The Master's programme in Middle Eastern studies allows students to an in-depth understanding of the issues the region is facing, from a historical, cultural and geopolitical perspective. Within this programme, students will study social mobilizations and democratisation processes in the Middle East, the stability in Maghreb and Mashreq countries and the rising of the areas as major player in the field of the arts and heritage. This Master also analyses the influence of new players on the regional stage, including Turkey and the Gulf states, and addresses the economics of oil revenues.

This programme is designed for students who want to specialise in issues related to the Middle East through an open and interdisciplinary approach.

usefuL INFORMATION


DURATION OF STUDIES

2 years (4 semesters)

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

French
Passive knowledge of English is
recommended.

ADMISSIONS CONDITIONS

Bachelor or equivalent degree.
Admission based on application file.
unige.ch/gsi/fr/programmes/mamo

STUDY PROGRAMME

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required courses in the core curriculum
30 credits
 History of the Contemporary Middle East
 Geopolitics and Middle Eastern political regimes
 Orient, orientalism(s) and the West
 Political Economy
 Globalization and cultural issues in Middle East
Specialised courses
48 credits
Concentration in one or more areas of the core
curriculum.
Electives
12 credits
Internship or dissertation
30 credits

LEVEL OF FRENCH REQUIRED BY UNIGE

Eliminatory basic language test for
non-Francophones, with the exception of the
following cases:
www.unige.ch/frenchexam

MOBILITY

Master's students are allowed to go on exchange for
one semester maximum. Students may go on
exchange as early as their third semester but may
earn no more than 30 credits at another university.
The dissertation cannot be substituted.
www.unige.ch/exchange

PROFESSIONAL PROSPECTS

Students from diverse academic backgrounds will
benefit from an in-depth understanding of the issues
surrounding the Middle East, and such knowledge is
essential for anyone going on to a career in diplomacy;
NGOs and international organisations; the media;
companies with economic ties in the region; cultural
heritage and the arts.

UNIVERSITY TAXES

500 CHF / semester

APPLICATION

The deadline to apply is over. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic period.

Registration period for the academic period 2019-2020 : from December 1, 2018, to February 28, 2019.