MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East
For 2015 entry
MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East offers you …
- an advanced understanding of the issues of security, economy and society across the Middle East
- a comprehensive analysis of the ever-changing dynamics of this complex region
- an interdisciplinary programme drawn from an international relations and comparative politics perspective
If you want to …
- examine the pressing contemporary issues facing the Middle East
- gain an insight into the internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations
- a programme which is both academically cutting-edge and policy relevant at a time when the middle is undergoing radical change
… then consider MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East.
"This is a fascinating programme that offers an in depth analysis of this vital region, delivered by an expert academic team." Dr Alan Craig
This distinctive Masters programme directly addresses the complex nature of the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, enabling you to gain an insight into the internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations.
Covering a range of approaches from the disciplines of Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations it addresses the security, economic, identity and political dynamics of the region.
The programme is of interest to students/practitioners wishing to study these issues in more depth and to make comparisons across the region.
There is a growing market from employers for graduates with expertise in Middle Eastern politics: from NGOs and international institutions; ministries of foreign affairs, trade and defence; as well as consultancy and risk-management/analysis firms engaged in the region.
The programme is both academically cutting-edge and policy relevant at a time when the Middle East is undergoing radical change.
It will produce graduates who are able to fill the growing need for experts on the region in a variety of industries from oil and investment to security and services. The Middle East is a growing market for many firms who all want to understand the risks and opportunities of working in the region better.
Why study with us?
Our department is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK. You will therefore benefit from a range of expertise in terms of substantive issues and regional specialisms that you are unlikely to encounter anywhere else. Our core teaching team have a specific interest and experience in the politics, economics and society of the Middle East.
Our academics are widely recognised as leading experts in their field as measured in their successful acquisition of research funding, publications in leading peer-review journals, the production of policy briefs and evidence used in high-profile political deliberations and frequent invitations to appear on national and international media.
They boast specialisms in a range of areas: the politics of Islamism; the Persian Gulf; the Israel-Palestine conflict; the international organisations of the Middle East; democratisation in the region and issues of terrorism and insurgency.
Teaching on the programme draws upon a network of Middle East specialists based at the University. They come from a range of disciplines and participate in the Middle East research group (MERG).
- Middle East Research Group
Area specialisms and research culture
You will benefit from our specific expertise and research interests in a diverse range of areas relating to the Middle East. With particular focus on security issues, regional relations and the interest of the outside powers in the Middle East, as well as our in-depth research and experience in specific sub-regional areas.
Our rich research culture within the School of Politics and International Relations is specifically focused on the Middle East. It also draws on other regions and cross cutting themes such as the prevalence of authoritarianism and the problems of democratisation, meaning that there is a combination of focus on the Middle East which is also influenced by wider insights and research focus.