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University of Oxford: Modern Middle Eastern Studies
|Institution||University of Oxford|
The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2020). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas
The MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies is a two-year course intended for students from all social science and humanities backgrounds. The course provides intensive training in a Middle Eastern language, training in research methods and topics relevant to the study of the Middle East.
The MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies accepts students who are complete beginners in a Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish). The course also accommodates students in any of these languages at an advanced level. If you already have research-level proficiency in one of these languages you will be required to take a different language.
In the first two terms, you will receive intensive language training to cover the fundamentals of grammar in your chosen Middle Eastern language. This training takes place in classes or language laboratories. You are expected to attend the weekly MPhil seminar, The Modern Middle East, held in the first term. The seminar is an interactive forum in which you are asked to present arguments and to respond to each other’s work. In addition to this seminar, you will be encouraged to attend lectures and seminars offered by the teaching staff during the first term.
In the second term, in consultation with your supervisor, you will arrange a series of tutorials for one of three options to be offered for the final examination. Tutorials typically involve eight weekly meetings and between four and six essays, arranged between you and your tutor. Most options have an associated lecture series which you are expected to attend.
Tutorial options offered on a regular basis include the following:
History of the Middle East, 1860-1970
Politics of the Middle East
Social Anthropology of the Middle East
International Relations of the Middle East
Iranian History from the Constitutional to the Islamic Revolution, 1905-1979
History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Politics of the Maghreb
The Maghreb since 1830
Main Themes in Israeli Politics and Society
The Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
Political Islam, Islamism, and Modern Islamic Movements
Modern Turkish Literature: Texts and Contexts
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
History from below in the Middle East and North Africa
Space and Gender in Middle Eastern Literatures: The Harem and the Body
History and Politics of the Gulf
History of Qajar Iran
Modern Islamic Thought
You will sit the qualifying examination at the end of the second term. Language training continues in the third term, and you will have tutorials for the second of your three options. You will at this stage begin your thesis preparations, meeting with staff members to identify a thesis supervisor.
During the long vacation from the end of June to early October you are urged to pursue intensive language training in an appropriate course in the region, political circumstances permitting. Information on the different courses can be obtained from the relevant language instructors, in consultation with supervisors. You are encouraged to take the opportunity provided by study abroad to conduct research for your thesis in the region.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
For complete and up to date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas
Master of Philosophy - MPhil
|Level||RQF Level 7|
For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas
|Location||University of Oxford|
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