This interdisciplinary programme builds on a number of fields of study, including ancient history, Middle Eastern studies and Islamic studies. It is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the University’s extensive expertise in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the pre-Islamic Iran to the present day. You will also learn from scholars with complementary interests in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
The programme provides a wide-ranging academic teaching and learning experience, one unique in the field of Persian studies, particularly for those who wish to combine research projects at postgraduate level with specialist methodological, theoretical, literary, and historiographical training.
The programme will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays, culminating in a dissertation. You will complete one compulsory course, two research courses and three option courses over two semesters, followed by an independently researched dissertation. You may also take additional language courses in Turkish or Arabic, introductory, intermediate Persian.
- Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
- Research Skills and Methods in IMES
- Research Methods and Problems in IMES
Option courses may include:
- Cinema and Society in the Middle East
- Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East
- The Qur’an – Islam’s Holy Book
- Mystical Islam
- Muslims in Britain: Migration, Faith and Identity
- Of Wine, Love and Loss: Reading Iran through Classical Persian Literature
- Modern Persian Literature and 'Modern' Iran
- The Syrian War and the Strategic Meltdown of the Middle East
- Gender and Media in the Arab World
This unique programme will provide you with research and analytical skills within the disciplinary field of Middle Eastern Studies, which can be extended into advanced study in this discipline. You will be equipped with skills that could be valuable in a range of careers, such as politics, the arts, or the cultural or heritage sectors.
The range of transferable skills you gain, such as communication, time management, teamwork, and project management, will prove highly valuable to potential employers in whatever field you choose to enter.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, ideally with a background in Islamic and/or Middle Eastern studies or in ancient history or Middle Eastern civilisations.
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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