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Moderne arabische Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur / Modern Arab Politics, Society and Culture (Master of Arts)

Program: Moderne arabische Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur / Modern Arabian Politics, Society and Culture
Degree: Master of Arts (MA)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter semester

Have you completed a Bachelor's in the humanities and social sciences, in particular in Middle Eastern Studies or a related field, and want to engage academically with current Arabian politics, society and culture? 

Then our interdisciplinary Master’s program is the right choice for you! It combines the discplines of Political Science, Cultural and Literary Studies with regional expertise on the Arabic world. 

Major topics

In Marburg, you will learn to carry out research on the intersections between politics, society and culture in the Near and Middle East and North Africa, and will receive comprehensive training in the Arabic language. The program expands the spectrum of specific trans-regional perspectives and relevant methodology by integrating research on peace and conflict and on religious studies.


The program combines two key elements for modern area studies: firstly, a theoretical - methodological approach, and secondly active linguistic and regional competence. In addition to political sciences approaches, literary and cultural science questions are also integrated into the curriculum. 

The program is not directed towards any uniform occupational profile, but offers a diverse range of professional options. The program will qualify you for work in these professional fields, among others: 

  • International institutions and organizations
  • Science (universities, research institutions)
  • Intercultural institutions and migration agencies; political advising (public administration, associations, institutions and organizations)
  • Media, publishing and public relations work
    Adult education, cultural institutions and journalism.

The key organizational, communicative, intercultural, social and intellectual competencies taught in this program will also have practical professional value in other fields as well. The advanced language training enables translator or editor jobs and qualifies you for mediator services in the field of cultural/knowledge transfer, in the broadest sense. Particularly in the Near and Middle East, the linguistic and intercultural expertise of such successful graduates, who can act as cultural mediators in the Arabic world due to their well-founded knowledge of current discourse, is in demand in order to help overcome pervasive gaps in understanding and knowledge. 

Of course, there is the possibility of completing a Ph.D. After successfully completing this program. 

  • Admission requirements

    Required university degree

    Certification of a Bachelor’s program relevant to the field in the humanities or social sciences, in particular Middle Eastern Studies is generally required for admission to the Master's program, or certification of a comparable domestic or foreign professionally qualifying university degree. 

    The Examination Board may make admission subject to the condition that additional coursework and/or examinations of a maximum of 12 CP are completed. In this case, the course may be extended accordingly.

    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission

    German skills:
    DSH 2

    Other language skills:
    Knowledge of the Arabic language, verified by at least 30 CP at a German or international university or a university language institute, or through equivalent certifications (such as a higher education entrance qualification obtained at a school where the primary instructional language is Arabic). A written suitability test may be required to certify sufficient knowledge of written Arabic. 

    In addition, sufficient expertise in the English language must be certified, on at least the B2 level according to the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.”

    Admission mode Eligibility assessment process
  • Who can answer questions?

    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    Dr. Christian Junge
    Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies
    Deutschhausstr. 12
    35037 Marburg
    Tel.: (+49) 06421/28-24809

    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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