Masters | Postgraduate Course - Politics and International Relations of the Middle East MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,850 full-time; £4,425 part-time International: £18,200 full-time
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Politics and International Relations of the Middle East MA

Study Details

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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 the domestic, regional and global politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 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 debates about orientalism and post-colonialism; authoritarianism, democracy and resistance; the political economy of the countries of the region; nationalism, ethnicity, religion and Islamism; as well as civil society and the politics of gender. This is combined with an examination of the international relations of the region, aiming to place it within broader debates concerning theories of International Relations, regionalism and foreign policy analysis; discuss the particular features of the Gulf, the Levant and the Maghreb; and critically analyse the role of the global powers in all of these areas.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30
  • POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30
  • POLM876 Dissertation Skills 15
  • POLM877 Dissertation 45

Optional modules
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 below.
You can also take a beginner's (undergraduate level) language course in Arabic, Persian or Kurdish (subject to the modules running in each academic year):
Politics PGT modules 2017-8

  • POLM002M Management and Governance:Comparing Public Administration around the World (MPA only) 20
  • POLM003M Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services MPA ONLY 20
  • POLM004M Public Sector Finance for Managers (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM005M The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM007M The new Public Management: Principles, Practice and Prospects (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM008M Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM009M Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM057 Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought 30
  • POLM060 Global Security 30
  • POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15
  • POLM073 Political Economy of Food and Agriculture 15
  • POLM074 Research and Knowledge Transfer for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 15
  • POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30
  • POLM084 Conflict, Security and Development in World Politics 30
  • POLM085 Work Placement in Conflict, Security and Development 30
  • POLM086 Quantitative Data Analysis 30
  • POLM090 East Asian Regional Order 30
  • POLM105 The Politics of Global Capitalism 30
  • POLM140 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 30
  • POLM606 European Political Integration (Jean Monnet module I) 30
  • POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30
  • POLM803 Sources of Modernity and Post-Modernity 30
  • POLM806 Topics and Texts in Social and Political Thought 15
  • POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15
  • POLM014M MPA Applied Studies (MPA with Applied Studies ONLY) 60
  • POLM015M Behavioural Public Policy and Administration 20
  • POLM142 Europe in the Digital Age 30
  • POLM147 Political Psychology and Rational Choice Approaches to International Relations 30
  • POLM148 Brexit: Causes, interpretation, and implications 30
  • POLM150 Text as data 15
  • POLM502 International Relations: Power and Institutions 30
  • POLM021 Power and Society 30
  • POLM030 Mathematics and Programming Skills for Policy Analytics 15
  • POLM095 The Politics of Democracy in Latin America 30
  • POLM104 US Foreign Policy 30
  • POLM151 Great Power Relations between the United States and China 30
  • POLM152 Post-Conflict Human Rights and Transitional Justice 30

IAIS PGT modules 2017-8

  • ARAM054 State and Society in the Middle East 30
  • ARAM102 Islam in Practice 30
  • ARAM103A New Approaches to Islamic Thought 15
  • ARAM112A Independent Reading Course 15
  • ARAM112B Independent Reading Course 15
  • ARAM188 The Middle East Since 1945 30
  • ARAM190 Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 15
  • ARAM213 Approaches to Middle East and Islamic Studies: States, Societies and Identities 15
  • ARAM214 Islamic Culture and Civilization 15
  • ARAM215 Studying the Contemporary Middle East 15
  • ARAM187 The Middle East Before 1945 30
  • ARAM189 Readings in Islamic Theology and Philosophy 30
  • ARAM219 The Palestine Question: Past and Present 15
  • ARAM225 Gender and Politics in the Middle East 30

Entry Requirements

Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university.

Programme Funding

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

Student Destinations

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.