The Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford offers research training for students already familiar with the Middle East region and its languages. The MSc teaches both qualitative and quantitative methodologies through assessed work
The course offers two tracks: a language and a non-language one.
The language track is designed for students who already have intermediate to advanced -level ability in either Arabic or Hebrew and who wish to further develop these skills through intensive classes.
The non-language track is designed for students who already have full research fluency in at least one of the languages of the region through being either a literate native speaker, or possessing a degree in the language (a course specifically focusing on language and acquisition of the capacity to read untranslated texts in a Middle-Eastern language, not a disciplinary or area studies degree in which the applicant has taken language classes).
Non-native speaker applicants who think they might qualify for the non-language track who do not have such a degree should explain specifically why they think they qualify, e.g. through extensive formal study and experience in the region outside the scope of a degree program.
The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. A supervisor may be found outside the Faculty of Oriental Studies.
Graduates from the MSc Modern Middle Eastern Studies may choose to pursue careers in academia, government, business, journalism and the NGO sector. The degree is particularly useful in preparing students wishing to continue study at the doctoral level through its provision of both qualitative and quantitative research training.
- The course provides a common foundation in the methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the Middle East.
- It provides intensive training in several fields of knowledge based on a combination of lectures, tutorials and essay writing allowing students to develop research and writing skills with training in appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches, through supervision of a dissertation on a subject of the student’s choice.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies General Studies & Classics View 639 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United Kingdom
- Official transcript(s)
- Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 700 words
- Written work: Two essays of a maximum of 2,000 words each
- References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, all of which must be academic
International26940 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26940 GBP per year during 12 months.
National18740 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18740 GBP per year during 12 months.
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