Masters | Postgraduate Course - Middle East Studies MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Course Fees
Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time International: £17,700 full-time
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Middle East Studies MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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.

Students taking the MA in Middle East Studies can specialise in 1-2 of seven areas of study if they wish, but do not have to. This means you can obtain degree titles such as e.g., (a) MA in Middle East Studies (b) MA in Middle East Studies with Gender Studies or (c) MA in Middle East Studies with Palestine and Islamic Studies.

The title of your degree depends on how you choose your credits and tailor your dissertation.

Specialisms available include:

  • Palestine Studies
  • Gulf Studies
  • Kurdish Studies
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender Studies
  • Iranian Studies
  • Islamic Studies

Module details

You must take 180 credits in total.
Core modules
30 credits of core modules plus a dissertation. 

  • TBC Theorising the Middle East 15
  • TBC Dissertation skills 15
  • ARAM027 Dissertation 60
  • ARAM220 Gender, Politics and Society in the Middle East 30
  • ARAM225 Gender and Politics in the Middle East 30
  • ARAM230 Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel 15

Entry Requirements

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

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

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