The MSt in Islamic Studies and History is a one-year degree for students who already possess substantial knowledge of the field and who are capable, without further language training, of working with pre-modern Arabic, Persian and Turkish primary sources as appropriate to their particular research interests.
You can take specialized classes and undertake independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students often progress to doctoral work after completing the MSt.
The course focuses on the political, social, and intellectual history of the central Islamic lands (Egypt, the Fertile Crescent, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Central Asia, and Anatolia) up until c. 1800. The course is characterized by a strong emphasis on research methods and primary sources, thus making it a very good entry gate for subsequent doctoral study. You will already possess substantial general knowledge of Islamic or Middle Eastern studies and history.
You will receive specialized teaching in two elective papers, taught during the first two terms, while also working on a dissertation (or on two extended research essays) under the supervision of a suitable member of the faculty. You will also be required to demonstrate your research skills by means of a week-long take-home examination on methods and research materials. You will be assigned a supervisor who is responsible for offering academic guidance throughout the course.
Oriental Studies graduates have found employment in many and diverse fields including business, finance, law, civil service, journalism, government and industry. Many graduates have also undertaken further research into subjects linked with Oriental Studies and have pursued successful careers in the academic world, education and in museums.
For further information please refer to the MSt Islamic Studies & History 2018-19 Course Handbook.