M.Phil. On Campus

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Modern Middle Eastern Studies)

11 months
28893 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Modern Middle Eastern Studies) offered by the University of Cambridge is designed for highly motivated students who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Modern Middle East, together with the research skills necessary to carry out independent primary research work in the Humanities or Social Sciences to a high academic standard.


Graduates will be well placed to pursue further research in a PhD programme, to use their skills and knowledge in NGOs, charities, government, education, or in any other field where cultural understanding, linguistic skills, and high-level critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills are needed.

Learning Outcomes

The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Modern Middle Eastern Studies) offered by the University of Cambridge will equip its graduates with the skills and knowledge to research independently and effectively on aspects of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, using the methods of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

They will have further developed their skills in reading Arabic, Hebrew or Persian source materials. Graduates will also be able to show a sophisticated understanding of the wider fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the ability to communicate their knowledge and their research findings effectively.

Programme Structure

Course overview:

  • Students of the Modern Middle Eastern Studies pathway study three taught modules and write a research dissertation of not more than 15,000-words. A core taught module provides a full overview of the wider field of Middle Eastern Studies and on-going training and support in preparation for the dissertation. The two optional modules provide specialist training in specific aspects of Modern Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Students are also encouraged to engage in various training courses and reading groups in the department of Middle Eastern Studies, as well as the department’s fortnightly research seminars, and the research seminars of the Centre for Islamic Studies and the many other research events taking place across the wider university.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Statement of interest 
  • Research proposal
  • Sample of work 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28893 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28893 GBP per year during 11 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 11 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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