Turkish Studies

Leiden University’s Turkish Studies programme is offered by one of the largest research and teaching departments in the field of Middle Eastern Studies in Europe. It offers BA (in Dutch), MA (in English) and PhD degrees for students with an interest in Turkish Studies in the widest sense, ranging from history to linguistics, from literature to art and material culture.

Its links with the Turkish academic and intellectual world result in a continuous exchange of up-to-date knowledge of the field. With its wide range of interests the MA and PhD programmes attract students from all over the world creating an interesting and stimulating international study environment for anybody interested in pursuing a degree in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on Turkish Studies.

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MA Programmes

Under the academic responsibility of Prof. Erik Jan Zürcher, chair of Turkish Studies at Leiden University, two Master’s tracks are offered: a one-year MA track (of 60 ECTS) within the MA programme in Middle Eastern Studies and a two-years track (of 120 ECTS) within the Research MA programme in Middle Eastern Studies. Both tracks offer the possibility to spend one semester in Turkey to take courses and/or to do fieldwork. Participants in these programmes can opt to gain insight into the dynamics of modernisation in Turkey, with an eye to the legacy of the past as well as the long term political, social, economic and cultural developments.

For detailed information on the (Research) MA programmes, please, check out our website.

In the e-prospectus you will find more detailed information on the courses offered by specialists on Ottoman and modern Turkish history such as Prof. Erik Jan Zürcher and Dr. Jan Schmidt; on social history of Central Asia and the Caucasus such as Prof. Touraj Atabaki; on linguistics such as Dr. Gerjan van Schaaik; on cultural history and art and material culture such as Dr. Hans Theunissen; on  literature and performing arts such as Dr. Petra de Bruijn; on minorities and Christian communities in the Middle East such as Prof. Heleen Murre-van den Berg and Dr. Tsolin Nalbantian.

MA Turkish Studies

Research MA Middle Eastern Studies, track: Turkish Studies

PhD Programme

Students who are interested in doing a PhD in Turkish Studies should follow the admission procedure as explained on this page. A PhD trajectory normally takes four years which can start at any time in the academic year. At this moment (2012), no tuition fees are asked.

Visiting Scholars

Scholars who are interested in a research visit should follow the LIAS application procedure as explained on this page.

BA programme advisor


MA programme advisor

Nicole van Os


Research and teaching assistant

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Gaye Eksen