The course of study consists of a total of 120 ECTS credits.
Recommended course of study
|4. semester||MES4590 – Master Thesis in Middle East Studies|
|2. semester||Compulsory courses||Elective course|
|1. semester||MES4000 – Theory, Methodology and Project Description in Middle East- and South Asia Studies||MES4110 – Readings of Middle Eastern Texts|
|10 credits||10 credits||10 credits|
The first two semesters builds the methodological and theoretical basis for independent work on your master's thesis.
- MES4000 – Theory, Methodology and Project Description in Middle East- and South Asia Studies
- MES4110 – Readings of Middle Eastern Texts
The student must choose three of the following courses:
Spring 2021 we strongly recommend MES4010 – Readings in Middle East Studies
- MES4500 – Topics in Middle East Politics and Society I
- MES4520 – Topics in Middle East Politics and Society II
- REL4510 – Topics in Islamic Studies I
- MES4560 – Topics in Islamic Studies II
- MES4210 – Topics in Arabic Studies I
- MES4230 – Topics in Persian Studies I
- MES4270 – Topics in Turkish Studies I
- MES4010 – Readings in Middle East Studies
- KOS4020 – Conference participation and presentation
- KOS4030 – Work as a research assistant
It is possible to apply for recognition of 10 credits taken in other subjects when these can be seen as relevant for the candidate’s subject area for the dissertation. Contact the student advisor for more information.
Third semester - thesis preparation
Choose one of the following 30 credit options, listed in recommended order:
- AMS4900 – International Project Term in Asia and the Middle East
- MES4020 – Field Work in the Middle East
MES4610 – Voices from the Middle East: How to Communicate Research Results
- Semester abroad
Students should begin to reflect on a topic for their master thesis from day one. In the two last semesters (except if abroad), participation in monthly seminars for thesis writing is obligatory. All students are provided with a mentor at the beginning of the first semester and a thesis advisor at the beginning of the second semester.
Fourth semester - thesis
The thesis is to be an individual research work. It should normally be written on a topic relevant to ongoing research at the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies and will be chosen in cooperation with the supervisor. The thesis is normally written in English, alternatively in a Scandinavian language. Sources in Middle East languages should constitute at least 1/5 of the source material used.
Practical information for Master students at IKOS
On the department's web site you will find important information and relevant links for Master students at IKOS, especially concerning the Master's thesis.
Diploma and degree
The diploma is issued when you have completed the courses that meet the requirements for a degree. Read more about diplomas.