Master in Middle Eastern Studies - MIMES


Course structure

This innovative program aims to guide students across this diverse and fascinating region, which, since decades, is at the core of the geostrategic interest of the international system. The program mainly focuses on the contemporary period, through a multi-disciplinary approach ranging over international relations, geopolitics, conflicts and security, economy and energy. Nonetheless, specific sections are devoted to the analysis of the historical and religious foundations of the modern Middle East, from the birth to Islam to the evolution of Islamic thought, law and economy. The Master in Middle Eastern Studies analyses in details infra-regions and inter-regions peculiarities and relations, from Maghreb to Central-Southern Asia, encouraging a comparative and holistic area studies approach.


MIMES is articulated in five complementary levels, fostering multidimensional training and cross-fertilization, integrating scientific methodologies and operative competences.

1st Level- Propaedeutic Phase: history, power and institution: the conceptual foundation of the Middle East (22 CFU)
The first level provides students of different academic backgrounds with a broad knowledge of the Middle East, the rise of Islam and its characteristic, with an accurate analysis of the historical evolution of the region and its role within the international system. A dedicated course will offer a linguistic analysis of the political and juridical terminology and a glossary in Arabic.

2nd Level- In-depth Analytical Phase: sub-regional contexts (10 CFU)
Students, during the second level, acquire a detailed knowledge of different sub-regions of the wider Middle East, focusing on their peculiarities and connections with regional and international geopolitical trends. The program encourages the adoption of a comparative methodology, emphasizing the conceptual dichotomy continuity/change, within an historical-political narrative.

3rd Level- Thematic and Contemporary Issues (23 CFU)
During the final class term, the program offers a wide portfolio of specializing courses on the most relevant political, geoeconomic and security events and dynamics contributing to the current Middle Eastern unbalances. The program aims to underline in particular the role of the region within the larger international system, and the lesson learnt during the post-Cold War period.

4th level- Project Work  (5 CFU)

In order to get the final diploma of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies students are required to write a personal project work consisting of an interdisciplinary and critical analysis of a specific issue related to Middle Eastern affairs. The specific subject, agreed with a MIMES professor (supervisor), must be approved by the Director of the Master. It is suggested to connect the project work to the internship experience. Scientific knowledge acquired through the Master's courses constitutes the scientific background necessary to develop the research project.

5th level- Internship or Arabic, Persian or Turkish Language Course 5 CFU

The Master's program is completed with an internship in Italy or abroad within an institution whose mission and activities are consistent with the Master's program. This gives the student the invaluable opportunity to test and strengthen the competencies acquired during the Mater's program and it usually lasts three months.

As an alternative, students who do not carry out an internship may choose to attend an Arabic, Persian or Turkish language course. In any case, the course will have to be positively evaluated by the Master's Direction (additional fee depending on the organizing institution may occur).

Students will receive support and tutoring for their internship research, specifically concerning CVs and cover letter preparation, vacancies research and internship announcements indication. 

See some of the past internships

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