The MLitt in Middle Eastern History offers students the opportunity to explore in depth a variety of topics relating to the history and culture of this crucially significant region of the world. The course draws upon the wide range of expertise within the School of History.
The MLitt in Middle Eastern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History.
- Students explore in depth a broad variety of historical topics including social, political, cultural and intellectual history of this crucially significant region of the world.
- Fields available to explore include: classical Islamic history (Umayyads and Abbasids); the Seljuks; the medieval Islamic east; mediaeval Anatolia; the Ayyubid and Mamluk Near East; Ottoman History; Mediaeval Armenia; Islamic intellectual history; and various other fields subject to prior consultation.
- The course introduces students to methodological and analytical approaches, including Orientalism.
The course comprises two semesters of taught components followed by submission of a 15,000-word final dissertation.
Teaching methods include:
- classroom lectures
- textbook work
- language exercises
- individual reading projects
- essay assignments
Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed by coursework or a combination of coursework and examination.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.
- Themes in Middle Eastern History and Politics: looks at a variety of theoretical and disciplinary approaches, including Orientalism, along with key questions in Middle Eastern historiography.
Students choose two of the following optional modules. Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
- Arabic for Beginners 1 and Arabic for Beginners 2: enables students to read, write and converse in simple Modern Standard Arabic or
- Intermediate Arabic 1 and Intermediate Arabic 2: enables students to read and write Modern Standard Arabic to intermediate level with the aid of a dictionary, and to speak in standard Arabic on appropriate topics with a limited vocabulary.
- Middle Eastern Historical Translation: serves as a bridge between the language modules and history modules and is assessed through the submission of an annotated translation from Persian to English.
- Directed Reading in Middle Eastern History (1 and 2): encourages the development of skills of historical analysis through the concentrated study of a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor.
- State and Society in the Premodern Middle East: introduces students to debates about the development of states and societies in the Middle East from late antiquity to the eve of the modern period.
- Mediaeval Language (Classical Arabic, Persian, Armenian or Turkish)
Students taking any optional language module must also take Middle Eastern Historical Translation.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
History postgraduates go on to pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, publishing, think tanks, government, law and teaching.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- personal statement (optional).
- a sample of academic written work (2,000 words).
- two original signed academic references.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
The School of History is pleased to be able to offer a number of competitive scholarships which contribute to the fees and maintenance for postgraduate study.
- Language Bursaries: enables students to undertake intensive language courses abroad during the summer before their programme begins.
- School of History MLitt Awards: offers the cash equivalent of one year's home fees and cannot be held in conjunction with other awards offering full fees and maintenance.
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