MA Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
Full time 1 year|
Part time 2 years
Established in 1987, this very popular programme is the oldest Masters degree in Middle East Politics in the UK.
As a student here you will examine key issues in Middle Eastern domestic and regional politics, developing a critical understanding of the patterns of state-society interaction in the region, the processes of state formation, the constitution of social and political forces, and an awareness of the different perspectives and debates within this field.
This programme particularly explores the meaning of democracy within an Arabo-Islamic setting, developing your critical awareness of debates about democracy as well as the strategies and dynamics of political liberation in the Arab world. Our discussions will be located within discourses and counter-discourses on Orientalism, Occidentalism, Islamism, secularism, and civil society; and we will apply the concepts and methodologies discussed to concrete situations through our discussion of specific case studies from the Arab Maghrib and Mashriq.
To add a further dynamic to your studies you will also have the opportunity to take a beginners level introductory course in Persian, Arabic or Kurdish as part of this Masters programme.
The Programme Director is Professor Michael Dumper.
The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total, a dissertation skills module worth 15 credits and a supervised dissertation worth 45 credits.
Each taught module is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules and options.
Please note that the modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability, timetabling and student demand.
|POLM651||State and Society in the Middle East||30|
|POLM082||International Relations of the Middle East||30|
Students can choose 60 credits from a wide range of modules from either Politics or Arab and Islamic Studies which vary from year to year subject to availability. Lists of modules can be found at the links below.
You may also be able take a beginner's undergraduate level language course in Arabic, Persian or Kurdish. Some some examples below:
|ARA1015||Arabic for Beginners||30|
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.
Learning and teaching
With the exception of the Dissertation, each module on this programme is normally taught through academic lectures expanded through seminar discussion, presentations, group work, reading, and essay assignments.
You will have an individual supervisor for your Dissertation, which is a 15,000 word extended essay on a topic of your choice (following discussion and approval from your supervisor).
The teaching and assessment should enable you to develop knowledge and a critical, sophisticated understanding of:
- The processes of state formation and the constitution of social and political forces.
- The key issues in contemporary Middle East politics
- State-society relations, patterns of interaction, and the dynamics and trends in the politics of the Middle East.
- Debates about democracy and political reform in the Middle East and Arab World.
As a graduate of this programme you should also be able to:
- Synthesise and comment critically on a body of academic writing relating to research into Middle East politics, and evaluate government and other relevant publications in light of this reading.
- Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials.
You will therefore have a valuable background of knowledge and understanding, and the ability to apply it to various situations during your future career or further academic study. In addition, the location of this programme within a hub of renowned academia will offer you the possibility of connections, networking opportunities, advice and guidance from others with extensive academic and career-related experience in this field.
You will develop a number of skills that are valued in professional and managerial careers: the ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources along with written and verbal skills needed to present and discuss your opinions. The understanding you will gain of complex political and cultural issues, often in continually changing environments, can also be relevant to both business and public sector appointments.
Consequently, University of Exeter Politics postgraduates have been highly successful in securing interesting career opportunities and progressing to PhD level study.
You will receive support in the form of the College's Employability Officer, as well as Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, and the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.
Below are some examples of initial careers undertaken by Politics postgraduates who studied with us in 2011/12.
Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
|Associate Research Fellow||Centre for European Policy Studies|
|Business Development Intern||Cornwall Youth Service|
|Business Planning Analyst||Deliotte|
|Cabinet Liason Officer||Devon and Cornwall Police|
|Environmental and Institutional Economist||Joint Sunset Review Committee|
|Events Co-ordinator||King's College, London|
|Financial Recruitment Consultant||Michael Page International|
|Lecturer in Political Theory||Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs|
|Marketing Intern||Oxfam Great Britain|
|Researcher in Welsh Assembly||Shang Hai Unilandy Business Consulting Company|
|Special Risks Consultant||Standard Chartered Bank|
|Teacher of English Language||Thomson Reuters|
|Trainee Business Analyst||Welsh Assembly|
Our main library is one of only five UK academic libraries open 24/7 throughout the academic year. With a book stock in excess of 1.2 million, we have one of the highest UK academic library ratios of books to students. The main library offers self-service machines, state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, and an extended wifi network. The library provides world-class study facilities to all students. It has extensive holdings of works on political science, international relations and the various sub-disciplines.
Each subject area has subject support specialists who offer a comprehensive programme of training on information search techniques, information resources in your subject area, journal and database searches, as well as drop-in sessions and surgeries. For dissertation work in particular students are encouraged to also use libraries and archives outside of Exeter, for which letters of introduction are written as necessary.
Entry requirements 2017
Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2017/18
- UK/EU: £8,400 full-time; £4,200 part-time
- International: £17,000 full-time
Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes in Politics.
The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Please contact us if you would like more information about this programme, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.
University of Exeter
Postgraduate Taught admissions
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Where to find us
Postgraduate study in Politics and International Relations
As one of the best all round Politics departments in the UK, we offer research-led teaching across all the main areas of political science including international relations, political theory, public policy and administration, comparative politics, public opinion and political behaviour. Our students benefit from a world-class education and compete well in the jobs market.