M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies

The MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies is a two-year course intended for students from all social science and humanities backgrounds. The MPhil accepts students who are complete beginners in a Middle Eastern Language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish). Students who already have research-level proficiency in one of these languages are required to take a different language. Students on the M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies can apply to continue research for a D.Phil. The objectives of the M.Phil course are as follows:

  1. To provide intensive training in a Middle Eastern language and to develop reading skills to attain a research proficiency;
  2. To provide a common foundation in the methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the Middle East;
  3. To provide intensive training in three fields of knowledge based on a combination of lectures, tutorials and essay writing;
  4. To develop research and writing skills, with training in appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches, through supervision of a thesis on a subject of the student’s choice.

Students are evaluated in five areas: a language, three written examinations on course options taught through tutorials and lectures, and a 30,000 word (~100 double-spaced page) thesis.

For reading lists used in most of the course options please see the M.Phil. reading list website here.

For an archive of theses written for the M.Phil. see the thesis website here.

For further information on the structure of the course and the faculty please see the Course Handbook, which is available here. The Course Handbook is a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of the M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies.