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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MRes Middle East Studies

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMRes Middle East Studies Programme codePTR1IAIIAI01
Study mode(s)Part Time
Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

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 South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social sciences research.

We are now taking applications for this programme

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

  • To enable you to develop a broad based and relevant knowledge of and competence in the use of research methods in the social sciences.
  • To provide you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Master's level research within the discipline.
  • To equip you for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments.
  • To set the core training in social scientific philosophy and methodology within a context covering contemporary Middle East Studies within the disciplines of the social sciences, thereby allowing you to apply the wider concepts and skills introduced in the broader social scientific setting to specific topics relevant to the research of the Middle East and Islamic world.
  • To offer you a specialised training in Middle East Studies and social science research methods as a direct means of enhancing your employment skills.

4. Programme Structure

 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.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

https://arabislamicstudies.exeter.ac.uk/current/postgraduatemodules/

The programme comprises 180 credits in total, and includes 60 credits of generic research training, 60 credits of subject specific material (including languages), and a 60 credit dissertation:

  • Four compulsory 'core' taught modules in social science research training (60 credits)
  • A compulsory 'core' module in Middle East history (30 credits)
  • 30 credits of options (chosen with the guidance of the programme director)
  • A compulsory dissertation (60 credits)

Teaching takes place over two semesters (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). The syllabus therefore consists of four compulsory research training modules, one 'Middle East' political, economic and social history specialist option and a dissertation module.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARAM233 Dissertation skills 15No
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15No
POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15No
POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30No
POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15No
ARAM027 MA Dissertation 60No

Optional Modules

You need to choose a 30 credit option module as part of your 180 total credits for of the programme.

For details on option modules please use the URL below
https://arabislamicstudies.exeter.ac.uk/current/postgraduatemodules/


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Integrate concepts and analyses in the field of Middle East studies and some of its associated disciplines.
2. Read critically and contribute to the literature relating to research in fields of contemporary Middle East studies.
3. Demonstrate detailed and comprehensive understanding of current issues in several of the main disciplines contributing to Middle East studies.
4. Develop an understanding of the history and development of the Middle East as a region and, and how the Middle East is studied.
5. Achieve technical competence in the application of a range of specialised quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques appropriate to the different fields of Middle East studies, as well as an understanding of broader debates surrounding these in the social sciences. When appropriate, to develop intermediate level language skills in a regional language.

Points 1-4 of the programme outcomes are developed through seminar discussion and assignments on the core Middle East politics and society module, and also in the optional social science modules.

Point 5 is developed through the seminar discussion, practical exercises and essay assignments on the Social Science Data Analysis and Research Sources and Methods in Middle East, Arab and Islamic Studies modules, and through the Philosophy of Social Science module.

The language requirement is developed through structured elementary and intermediate modules in Arabic, Persian, and Sorani Kurdish.

Acquisition of these skills is assessed through essay assignments and the dissertation.

Language development is assessed by continuous assessment and class tests.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Demonstrate comprehension of the relationships between theory and practice in Middle East Studies and the social sciences.
7. Apply understanding of social science concepts to the study of particular issues or situations, including designing individual research projects.
8. Know when and how to apply critically particular research methods and techniques.
9. Identify, formulate and evaluate research questions and research problems
10. Evaluate the appropriateness and apply a number of techniques to exploring different research issues.
11. Collect, synthesise, evaluate and analyse data from various different sources.
12. Identify the data requirements of particular research projects, and evaluate the different data capture techniques available for this purpose.
13. Develop clear lines of argument.
14. Plan, conduct a programme of original research by a deadline.

Points 6 and 7 of the programme outcomes are developed primarily through seminar discussion and assignments on the Philosophy of Social Science module.

Points 8 - 12 are acquired through discussion, practical exercises and assignments on the Social Science Data Analysis and Research Skills in History modules.

Point 13 is a requirement of all modules. Point 14 is developed through a 3,500 word research plan and in the dissertation.

Acquisition of these skills is assessed through essay assignments and the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

15. Think independently at an advanced level
16. Plan work efficiently to achieve realistic goals within constrained time frames.
17. Construct and defend a sustained argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials.
18. Work as an individual on challenging material.
19. Work as part of a team in an independent, constructive and responsive way.
20. Plan, execute and write up research through individual initiative.

Points 15 and 16 of the programme outcomes are requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation.

Points 17 and 18 are core requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation.

Point 19 is developed through seminar work on the taught modules.

Point 20 is developed through the Social Science Research Management module and is applied on the dissertation.

Points 15 and 16 of the programme outcomes are assessed in all modules by essay work, and by the dissertation.

Points 17 and 18 are assessed on all modules through the essays that go to make up the portfolio on which the coursework is assessed, and in the dissertation.

Point 19 is reflected in seminar work and presentations.

Point 20 is assessed as part of the research plan produced for the Research Sources and Methods in Middle East, Arab and Islamic Studies module, and in the dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MRes Middle East Studies

19. UCAS Code

C497

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Area studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

29/09/2008

Date of last revision

07/08/2020