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Why should I choose this degree?

This course is designed for students who hold a degree in any discipline and are interested in studying the region of the Middle East, its histories, cultures, politics and language.

It provides a foundation in the methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the Middle East. It provides intensive training in several fields of knowledge through a combination of online lectures, seminars, tutorials and essay writing, allowing you to develop research and writing skills with training in theoretical and methodological approaches. You also complete a research project (dissertation) on a subject chosen by you in consultation with your supervisor.

Course structure

The programme can be accessed via three different entry routes, each of which offers distinct advantages.
Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transition from the Certificate to the Diploma and then to the MPhil, which effectively spreads the MPhil as a part-time degree.


On the Postgraduate Certificate (total: 30 credits), students complete three core modules to develop a basic understanding of and fluency with the methods and contexts of the field of Middle Eastern Studies.


On the Postgraduate Diploma (total: 60 credits), students four core modules plus 2 optional modules, gaining a thorough grounding in both the theory and the practice underpinning current research in Middle Eastern studies.


On the MPhil (total: 90 credits), students complete four core modules plus 2 optional modules, and build on the knowledge and skills gained through the modules by applying them to the research project (which is worth 30 credits).