The MSt in Oriental Studies at Oxford aims to provide tailor-made courses for training graduate students at the beginning of their research in different areas of Oriental studies. The course is aimed at intending doctoral students who need some additional training before commencing their doctoral studies. Only specified teaching staff in Oriental studies accept students for this degree, who are listed below. Once you and your prospective supervisor have agreed on your course of study it is not normally possible to make any changes.
The MSt in Oriental Studies is designed for students who hold a BA in the same field as that of their proposed research, or one closely related. As an example, most students who wish to study Arabic for this MSt will have either a BA in Arabic or one in which Arabic has been a majority of the course. The decision on whether a candidate's BA qualifies for the course is taken by the Faculty Board.
The precise content of the course followed by you is fixed by your supervisor in consultation with yourself in order to provide the most useful training for you. The course content is in each case designed to advance your progress towards a research degree after the completion of the MSt. You may therefore be required by the supervisor, under the direction of the Faculty Board, to attend lecture courses, seminars, language classes and tutorials, and also to write more extended pieces of written work.
The course may be taught in a variety of ways, depending on your needs.
If you wish to learn a language these are normally taught in classes. If you wish to concentrate on historical issues these may be taught primarily in regular tutorials for which you are expected to write essays. Evaluation of the course takes place entirely during the third term, through a combination of essays, examination papers and a dissertation.
Further information on the examination procedure for the MSt in Oriental Studies can be found in the Course Handbook.
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 in Oriental Studies 2018-19 Course Handbook.
Teaching staff accepting MSt in Oriental Studies students for entry in 2019-20: