Master's in Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures

The program provides students with qualifications and skills needed for careers in various fields. The ability to understand Islam and Middle Eastern issues is very important to both government agencies and the private sector, and the demand for professionals with a corresponding academic background is therefore very high. Students acquire the skills they need in an attractive research environment at the Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Research is conducted here in both complex major projects and subject-specific individual projects.

The combined research-teaching approach enables students to begin examining problems and issues in Islamic and Middle Eastern research at an early stage of their studies. Because programs in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies no longer automatically and exclusively lead to an academic career, but instead enable students to pursue a wide range of careers, the question as to how academic knowledge can be transferred into the non-university professional environment has become much more important. The expertise and skills taught in the program are always applicable to potential professional careers as well. For example, courses are also taught in which students learn how academic knowledge can be successfully transferred to a non-academic environment, such as the media, for example. There are four basic components for any professional career here: the ability to properly conduct academic work, the language proficiency acquired through the program, the professional qualifications attained through the same, and the ability to transform academic knowledge into expertise that can be used in a wide range of professions.

Master Islamwissenschaft und Orientalische Literatur
Basic information
Degree: Master of Arts in Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs:
  • Major Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures 90 ECTS credits

 

Offer for other degree programs:

  • Minor Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures 30 ECTS credits
Combination possibilities: several
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
Beginnig studies: Fall or spring semester
Both Master programs at the Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies expand the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies or in an equivalent course of study. The Master program generally takes two years to complete. The Master program in Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures addresses the establishment of and differentiation between various Islamic traditions and their social and cultural significance up to the present day. The focus is on three main subject fields: "Islamic Religion and Science History" (SF1), "History and Culture" (SF2) and "Linguistics and Literature" (SF4).
Electives / Course type ECTS 90 30
* Number of courses   *   *  
MA seminar Type A 5 1 5 1 5
MA seminar Type B 7 3 21 1 7
Methodological exercise 5 1 5 1 5
Project paper   5 1 5    
MA / Doctoral Colloquium 4 1 4    
Language courses: 2nd Near / Middle Eastern language, or language from a country where Islam is the dominant religion 4 3 12    
Language courses: Expansion of knowledge of the 1st Near / Middle Eastern language, or language from a country where Islam is the dominant religion 4 2 8 2 8
Master thesis 30   30    
Small academic paper 5       5
Sum     90   30

 

The Master program in Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures consists of a major with 90 ECTS credits and a minor with 30 ECTS credits.

Any subject taught in a sufficient scope at the University of Bern can be chosen as a minor. However, students are not permitted to have a major and minor in the same branch of study.

To complete a minor at another Swiss university, students must submit a written request for permission to the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Humanities.

Structure
Major ECTS Minor ECTS
90  30        
Minors you may choose

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures (major):

a) Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university with a major in the branch of studies Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (without additional requirements)
b) Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minor in the branch of studies Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (60 ECTS credits). Additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits will be required. *
c) Bachelor's degree from a university with a major in a different branch of studies, provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits. *
* Additional attainments can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Please consult the admission requirements for the minor as presented in the plan of studies.

The bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions are possible where justified.

Language requirements

Good knowledge of English and French is required, as is extensive knowledge of at least two Middle Eastern languages (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Uzbek, Indonesian, Swahili and possibly others after consulting with the institute).

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M A in Islamic Studies and Oriental Literatures, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration
   

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration
 

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - Documents for your application / Important information
Steps from application to registration

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

The demand for academicians with qualifications and skills as regards the four basic components of this program has risen continually over the last few decades. These qualifications can best be acquired in a research environment that also incorporates the latest theories and research methods. Such an environment also enables students to pursue their own individual research interests.