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Postgraduate taught

MRes Middle East Studies

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2020
Contact

Programme Director Dr Ahmed Dailami
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Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192 

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Arab and Islamic Studies

Overview

  • You’ll develop your research skills through in-depth study of the recent and social history of the Middle East
  • Receive core training in social scientific philosophy and methodology and learn how to apply this to the study of the contemporary Middle East
  • You’ll examine how the region has changed and developed over the last 150 years
  • Join an active and collaborative research culture that draws together doctoral researchers, staff and students to produce cutting-edge knowledge about the Arab and Islamic worlds
  • Learn discipline specific methodology and analytical techniques that lay the basis for you to progress to doctoral study

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Largest Centre for Middle East Studies in a UK university

Strongest REF2014 results of any UK Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department

Home to Europe’s most important research collection on the Arab world

Part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) – a hub of world-class social science research

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in the Social Sciences or Humanities.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

This masters is designed to develop your research skills within the field of Middle East Studies. Your core training will be in social scientific philosophy and methodology, which you will then learn to apply to the study of the contemporary Middle East.

The programme is designed to develop your understanding of the history and evolution of the Middle East as a region, as well as introducing you to approaches to studying the area, and specialised quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques appropriate to this specialism.

This programme also forms part of the ESRC SWDTP – a hub of world-class social sciences research.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Fees

UK/EU fees per year:

£8,000 full-time; £4,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£18,000 full-time

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

 

Teaching and research

Teaching

  • Lectures will give you direct access to the cutting-edge research being carried out by our academic team
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and that of your peers by participating in group work, class discussions and student presentations
  • Fine tune your critical reading skills and learn how to ask and field incisive questions
  • Utilise a range of media from video and audio to articles from newspapers and academic journals

Assessment

The taught modules on this programme are assessed by a combination of essays, presentations and group work. Following completion of these in April, you will then be assessed by a 15,000-word dissertation for submission in September.

Research

Our research is focused on a number of specialist research centres:

Our research culture is collaborative and democratic, drawing together doctoral researchers, staff and students to produce cutting-edge new knowledge about the Arab and Islamic worlds.

As a Masters student you can attend regular research seminars held across the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and organised by our research centres.

Our research newsletter will also give you a flavour of our research.

Facilities

The Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a computerised language lab, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, lounge, satellite TV for viewing Middle Eastern channels and a gallery for Middle Eastern art exhibitions.

The Arab World Documentation Unit based in the Research Commons is a valuable research resource, housing numerous collections of academic textbooks, press cuttings,  government papers and reports, periodicals, pamphlets, business yearbooks, and much more, with material in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

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Careers

Graduates from this programme may find professional employment in a wide range of sectors both in the UK and internationally. A comprehensive background in Islamic Studies is relevant to careers in:

  • Academia and education
  • International agencies such as the United Nations or the European Union
  • International development
  • Print and broadcast media
  • Politics
  • Private sector companies with interests in Islamic countries

Employment and professional development

Our excellent Employability and Graduate Development Service provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.

Further study

The academic skills developed on the MRes Middle East Studies will enable to you to pursue doctoral study. The Institute has an international profile for our pioneering regional focus on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula and expertise in Islamic Studies providing an ideal place in which to undertake an MPhil/PhD.

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