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MA Gender Studies (Middle East and Islamic World) - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021
Contact

Programme Director Dr. Katie Natanel
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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

  • Advanced and critical study of the theory and politics of gender in the Middle East and Islamicate world, with an emphasis on connecting the language of academia with lived lives
  • A  flexible programme   which you can tailor to your particular interests and conduct independent research using our unique collections and archival resources
  • Besides the in-depth knowledge of gender issues in the region, our students particularly appreciate the connections our innovative teaching makes with creativity and activism
  • Get involved in a variety of IAIS activities and join our vibrant and creative research community. Our Postgraduate students in gender studies play an active role in various research centres, including Islamic Studies, Palestine, Gulf and Kurdish Studies
  • Your knowledge and expertise in complex political and cultural issues relating to gender and the Middle East will be valued by public and private sector employers and open doors for further academic study

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Largest Centre for Middle East Studies in a UK university

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

Masters Excellence Scholarships available for 2021 entry

I enjoy having the freedom to explore a huge range of topics and areas - – there are modules offered on literature, politics, gender studies, language, media and specific conflicts, but with the flexibility to apply those studies to different situations around the world.

Joanne

Arab and Islamic Studies Masters student

Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences or humanities discipline. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

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

The MA in Middle East Studies will equip you with the general research skills, sources and tools relevant to the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim world in general, and introduce you to a broad range of key theorists whose work has underpinned scholarship in several key fields of study.

You will learn how to make self-conscious choices around your own work and promote forms of theoretically-aware and interdisciplinary work found in some of the most successful research in Arab, Islamic and Middle East Studies.

You must take 180 credits in total.

Core modules

145 credits of core modules including a dissertation. 

CodeModuleCredits
ARAM232 Theorising the Middle East 15
ARAM230 Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel 15
ARAM225 Gender and Politics in the Middle East 30
ARAM233 Dissertation skills 15
ARAM027 Dissertation 60

Optional modules

45 credits of optional modules chosen from modules offered by the IAIS, including up to 30 credits worth of modules offered outside of the department (also at the UG level) in line with the University’s modularity policy.

Fees

2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time

International fees per year:

£19,400 full-time

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies Masters Excellence Scholarships

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is offering scholarships for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of these scholarships can be found as follows: 

HRH Prince Alwaleed Al Saud Scholarship for short study courses abroad

Students undertaking MA Programmes in Islamic Studies or Middle East and Islamic Studies are eligible to apply for an award of up to £1,500 to enable them to spend time in an Arab country for further language module studies or for collection of material relevant to their dissertations. Find out more. 

Scholarships

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

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

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. These are given by academics from Exeter and other Universities in the UK and overseas, as well as guest speakers from the private, public and charity sectors.

Our Postgraduate students in gender studies play an active role in various research centres, including Islamic Studies, Palestine, Gulf and Kurdish Studies

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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William teaches on the core module Theorizing the Middle East. His special interests are in the history of colonial North Africa and, more generally, relations between the European and Arab-Islamic worlds from the medieval period to the contemporary world. 

He aspires to produce work with and for subaltern communities, particularly in the Maghreb, and also publish widely in historical theory. Much of his recent work has also been translated into French, Turkish, and Russian.

Read more from Professor William Gallois

Professor William Gallois

Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History, Director of Research

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
  • business and risk analysts

Further study

The academic skills developed on the MA 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.

Employment and professional development

Our excellent Career Zone 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.

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.

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