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Entry requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Middle East Studies, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:

  • History
  • English
  • Religion
  • French
  • Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Ethnography
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Negot
  • Philosophy and
  • Political Science

You can also apply if you hold a similar degree including a minimum of 60 ECTS within the following subject areas:

  • History and social relations

    Subjects and topics such as social relations (including comparative social description), historical analysis, international politics and international economics, and political science and political structures.

  • Culture

    - subjects and topics such as cultural history, intercultural relations, cultural analysis alongside media and literature.

You must have passed at least 10 ECTS within each of the areas. The Bachelor's thesis can also count if the thesis is related to one of the areas.

English language requirements

The programme is taught in English. For this programme, English level A (advanced Danish high school level) is a requirement. If your Bachelor’s degree is not from SDU, you are required to submit proof of your proficiency in English. See the English language requirements. 

Statement of academic interest

As a part of your application, you must include a statement of academic interest in English, which contains the following:

  • Account of the relevance of your Bachelor’s degree in regard to the Master’s programme, e.g. with reference to parts of your qualifying degree. Hereby showing, that you have considered the content and structure of the Master’s programme.
  • Account of the relevance of any occupational experience in regard to the Master’s programme
  • Account of the relevance of other experience (e.g. other education, voluntary work or studies abroad) in regard to the Master’s programme

Selection criteria

There is a limited number of study places in the programme. If there are more qualified applicants than study places, the following criteria are used for the selection of applicants without a legal claim:

  • The grade point average of your qualifying degree. If the degree is not completed at the time of application, the grade point average is calculated based on the courses passed at the time of application.
  • Statement of academic interest

Each criterion is weighted 50 percent. 

As a bachelor's student at SDU, you can apply for permission to follow up to 30 ECTS Master's level courses even though you have yet to complete your Bachelor's degree.

You can be granted permission if you have the necessary academic qualifications. The progression of your Bachelor’s programme is crucial to the outcome of your application.

Check to see whether you fulfil the conditions

By choosing your faculty below you can see which conditions you generally must fulfil to be permitted to take Master’s level courses. Please acquaint yourself with the rules before you apply for permission since you must indicate in your application whether you fulfil the conditions or not. Read more here.

If you have previously been admitted to the programme, or already are, then special rules may apply when you apply for admission.

Find the scenario that suits you and read more: Re-enrolment, transferring and change og programme

Have you completed a Master's programme?

If you've already obtained a Master's degree, you can only be admitted to a new programme if there are vacant study places in the programme.

Learn more about rule and the possibility to apply for exemption

Have you completed another type of study programme?

As long as you do not hold a Master's degree, you are free to apply for admission to a new programme.