Middle Eastern Sociology/Anthropology and History (MESH) (phased out)

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Master programme

Degree profile

Begin of study
winter semester
4 semester
Academic degree
Master of Arts (M. A.)
full time and part time
Faculty of Philosophy
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Teaching language
German, English, French

There will be no more enrollments into the MESH study programme.

Course Details

Historical change, cultural diversity and political upheavals in the Middle East are among the focal points of the bi-national Master's programme History and Sociology/Anthropology of the Middle East in a Global Perspective (Middle Eastern Sociology and History). The joint studies with Lebanese students in Erfurt and the semester abroad at a university in Lebanon are central to studying the region not only from a German and European, but also from a global perspective. The phase abroad is supported by DAAD scholarships.

Focus: World region of the Middle East

  • Interactions between the Middle East and Europe
  • (Post-)Colonialism
  • Spatial and urban history
  • Gender issues
  • Ethnic and religious diversity

The interdisciplinary and intercultural course of studies is basically open to students of different disciplines, so that a lively exchange of different perspectives can take place in the seminars. Guest lecturers from Lebanon also teach in Erfurt.

The programme is carried out jointly with the Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut/Libanon) and other partner universities.

Students acquire a unique and diversified qualification profile, which includes subject-specific as well as theoretical-methodological knowledge and language skills. Graduates receive an academic double degree (Master of Arts, M. A./master recherche).

Chair of West Asian History

Glockenturm Beirut

Job & Career Perspectives

The programme is research-oriented and prepares students for a doctorate and independent research in one of the participating disciplines or a related subject, but also offers various practical career perspectives, for example

  • in integration and development work
  • in cultural management
  • in political and economic consulting
  • in the fields of journalism and media
  • in archives and libraries
  • in international youth and adult education

MESH in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The 120 credit points (LP) programme is divided into a study phase (90 LP) of three semesters and a fourth semester in which the Master's thesis (30 LP) is written.

1st semester: Studies at the home university

  • Theories and methods of historical science
  • Improving foreign language skills
  • Deepening of the scientific knowledge of the region of the Near East and especially the Levant

2nd semester: joint studies of Lebanese and German students at the University of Erfurt

  • Deepening of scientific and interdisciplinary theoretical-methodological knowledge
  • Improving foreign language and intercultural skills
  • Substantive deepening
  • Comparisons between Orient and Occident and other world regions
  • Preparation for the foreign phase in terms of content

3rd semester: joint studies of German and Lebanese students at the partner universities in Lebanon

  • Sociology and Anthropology of the Middle East
  • Improving and using foreign language skills
  • Development of intercultural skills

4th semester: Writing the interdisciplinary Master's thesis at the home university

Study abroad & Scholarships

Study abroad

The programme includes an integrated phase abroad at the partner university in Lebanon. The International Office is happy to assist in the organisation of the stay abroad.

MESH Partner Universities

Study and internship abroad

Scholarships for the period abroad

A limited number of scholarships are available for the study abroad phase, subject to funding approval by the DAAD, which cover living expenses as well as health insurance and travel costs in Lebanon.

Call for scholarship applications

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There will be no more enrollments into the MESH study programme.

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Consulting & Service

Student advice and counselling

Holder of the Professorship for West Asian History
(Historisches Seminar)