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Pre-master Thesis Middle Eastern Studies


Admission requirements

Admission to the pre-master programme Middle Eastern Studies.


Students have to apply for a supervisor for their pre-master thesis. Information on the procedure will be provided by the Coordinator of Studies. The thesis has to be written in English.

The main text of the thesis should be approximately 8,500 words in length. The maximum length including notes, bibliography, and any appendices, is 10,000 words.

Course objectives

Elementary research skills, including heuristic skills

  1. collect and select specialised literature using traditional and electronic methods and techniques;
  2. analyse and evaluate this in terms of quality and reliability;
  3. formulate a well-defined research problem based on this;
  4. set up, under supervision, a study of a limited size taking into consideration the traditional and electronic methods and techniques relevant for the discipline;
  5. formulate a reasoned conclusion on the basis of this;
  6. also make use of the acquired research skills outside the student’s own discipline.

Written presentation skills

  1. explain research findings in a clear and well-argued way;
  2. formulate an answer to questions concerning the discipline or a topic within it
  • in the form of a clear and well-structured written presentation

  • in accordance with the criteria set by the discipline

  • using relevant illustration or multimedia techniques

  • aimed at a specific target group.

The pre-Master thesis will be, amongst other elements, assessed on the following elements:

  • Knowledge and insight (contents, relation to the field)

  • Application knowledge and insight (methodology)

  • Reaching conclusions (interpretation, argumentation, conclusion)

  • Communication (writing skills, structure)

  • Learning skills (process)


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Self-study under the guidance of a supervisor. Student and supervisor have at least four meetings during the writing process.

Assessment method

To be able to start the MA on 1 September, the student needs to hand a first complete version of the BA-thesis on June 1, at the latest (see form regarding appointments), to his supervisor. The final version needs to be in on July 1, at the latest. Regulations and procedures concerning the bachelor’s thesis.

Reading list

Not applicable.


No registration in uSis required for the pre-master’s thesis.


Individual supervisor.


Not applicable.