University of Cambridge

Degree level: Postgraduate

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Middle Eastern Studies) (Research)

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Course summary

Graduates of the MPhil by Research will be able to work independently to design research projects and will have an in-depth knowledge of the primary sources and secondary literature in their chosen specialism. They will be very well placed to study for a PhD, and will also be in a position to use their skills and knowledge in other professions and activities where advanced research skills and independent critical thinking, analysis and communication skills are needed. Learning Outcomes The Middle Eastern Studies research pathway develops its postgraduates' ability to develop a research project, to research independently using sources in a Middle Eastern language or languages and the related secondary literature, and to communicate those findings effectively. Postgraduates also develop their ability to read, interpret and translate primary sources, acquire a good knowledge of current scholarship on modern and/or pre-modern Middle Eastern culture(s), and acquire an in-depth knowledge of the secondary literature relevant to the subject of their thesis. Continuing Applicants for the PhD should submit, via the Applicant Portal, a research proposal on an interesting and workable topic and demonstrate that they have the required academic knowledge and skills to carry out their project. Admission is at the discretion of the Degree Committee, which judges each applicant on their own merits and in accordance with its own set of rules and regulations.


Students are expected to work closely with their supervisor throughout the year on a thesis of not more than 25,000 words which is submitted in August. During the year, MPhil students are also encouraged to attend Masters-level taught papers, including Theory and Method in Middle Eastern Studies, as well as fourth-year undergraduate lectures and language courses where relevant. They are also encouraged to participate fully in the wider academic life of the department and the university -- various training courses, reading groups and seminars, including the department's fortnightly research seminar and the seminars of the Centre for Islamic Studies.

Assessment method

Thesis / Dissertation Students will submit a thesis of not more than 25,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil theses must include a brief abstract at the start of the thesis of no more than 400 words. Students must have a viva examination (oral examination), which is normally held in September.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. High II.i or a first at BA level from a UK university or equivalent. Good working knowledge of the Middle Eastern language or languages relevant to the research work for the thesis. The primary aim of the course is to prepare postgraduate students for independent academic research.

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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Middle Eastern Studies) at University of Cambridge - UCAS