What will I learn?

The Modern Middle Eastern Studies pathway is designed for highly motivated students who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Modern Middle East, together with the research skills necessary to carry out independent primary research work in the Humanities or Social Sciences to a high academic standard. Graduates will be well placed to pursue further research in a PhD programme, to use their skills and knowledge in NGOs, charities, government, education, or in any other field where cultural understanding, linguistic skills and high-level critical thinking, analysis and communication skills are needed.

Learning Outcomes

The pathway in Modern Middle Eastern Studies will equip its graduates with the skills and knowledge to research independently and effectively on aspects of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, using the methods of the Humanities and Social Sciences. They will have further developed their skills in reading Arabic, Hebrew or Persian source materials. Graduates will also be able to show a sophisticated understanding of the wider fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the ability to communicate their knowledge and their research findings effectively.

Assessment

Thesis

For the Modern Middle Eastern Studies pathway, students will submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil dissertations must include a brief abstract at the start of the dissertation of no more than 400 words.

Essays

For the Modern Middle Eastern Studies pathway, students may submit essays as part of their degree:

With the approval of the Degree Committee, a student may offer, in place of one or more of the examination papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.

Written examination

For the Modern Middle Eastern Studies pathway, students may take examinations as part of their degree:

Three written examination papers on subjects approved by the Degree Committee. With the approval of the Degree Committee, a student may offer, in place of one or more of those papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.

Other

An oral examination on the dissertation and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls, but at the Degree Committee’s discretion the requirement for an oral examination may be waived.

Which department am I in?

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Study options

Full Time (11 months)

Tuition fees
£27,516.00 (US$ 36,688) Overall cost
The above mentioned fee is University Composition Fee. Students also additionally need to pay maintenance fee £13,595 and settling In fee £350.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected October 2022

Venue

University of Cambridge

The Old Schools,

Trinity Lane,

Cambridge,

Cambridgeshire,

CB2 1TN, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university with an overall GPA of at least 3.5/4 GPA 3.5/4; GPA 4.3/5. If the academic requirement of the course is a first then they need to have an overall GPA of at least 3.7/4; GPA 4.6/5.

For international students

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High 2.1 Honours Degree.Applicants need an IELTS score 7.5 overall with 7 in listening, 7 in writing, 7 in reading and 7 in speaking; TOEFL Internet Score 110 overall with 25 in listening , 25 in writing, 25 in Reading and 25 in speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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