You will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, modern politics and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the various disciplines within this field.
Recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for research and undergraduate and postgraduate study, our department is well resourced. We are home to the Alwaleed Centre, part of an international network of centres devoted to the promotion of better mutual understanding between the World of Islam and the West. We boast an impressive library of current and archival material.
The programme will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays. You will complete one compulsory course, two research courses and three option courses over two semesters, followed by an independently researched dissertation.
Your option courses can be chosen from within IMES or from other disciplines such as history, divinity, politics or international relations. You may also take additional language courses in introductory Persian, Turkish or Arabic.
- Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
- Research Skills and Methods in IMES
- Research Methods and Problems in IMES
Option courses may include:
- Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East
- Gender and Media in the Arab World
- Cinema and Society in the Middle East
- Muslims in Britain: Migration, Faith and Identity
- Of Wine, Love and Loss: Reading Iran through Classical Persian Literature
- The Qur'an - Islam's Holy Book
- The Syrian War and the Strategic Meltdown of the Middle East
- Modern Persian Literature and 'Modern' Iran
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nations in Collision
The aim of this programme is to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance to doctoral study, and perhaps an academic career. You may also choose to apply your skills to a role that involves the Islamic community or use your transferable communication, research and other skills in an unrelated area.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
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