21 months
29700 GBP/year
24800 GBP/year
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The MPhil in Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford draws on the multidisciplinary and area expertise of OSGA's seven regional centres, to deliver an innovative Comparative Area Studies programme, which addresses contemporary global challenges through developing innovative multidisciplinary approaches. 


The overall objectives of the MPhil are:

  • To equip you with the conceptual and theoretical expertise to interrogate the notions of ‘area’, ‘comparative area’ and the implications for disciplinary enquiry;
  • To provide you with a multi-/interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of different regions of the world;
  • To allow you to work on key thematic global challenges from a comparative area studies perspective;
  • To embed inter-cultural understanding and global citizenship in the study of area;
  • To develop research methods and skills that are appropriate for the comparative study of areas and regions including through the development of new digital approaches for area studies;
  • To promote a wider international network of area studies scholars and practitioners
  • Course structure

    The Global and Area Studies course at the University of Oxford is structured around six study components, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to comparative study across two or more regions and a critical approach to area studies. 

    Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and classes. You will be required to submit essays and make class presentations. Through a Research Methods element, you will receive relevant training in methodologies to enable you to carry out research and writing for your 30,000 word thesis. The thesis is expected to incorporate a global or comparative area studies approach and/or to address key cross-region global challenges from an area studies perspective.

    Programme Structure

    The six study components are:

    • Theories and Approaches in Global and Area Studies;
    • Comparative Area Studies;
    • Research Methods for Social Sciences and Humanities;
    • Area Studies immersion;
    • Specialist Area Studies Options;
    • Comparative Area Studies Research Thesis

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 21 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    180 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA
    First Class

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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications:

    • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any subject or discipline, although preference may be given to candidates who have studied previously in either the social sciences or the humanities
    • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.

    Tuition Fee

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      24800 GBP/year
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    939 - 1530 GBP /month
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