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MPhil in The Middle East in a Global Context

In collaboration with Trinity College Dublin

  • Tuition fee: £7,400 - £15,800
  • Programme level: Masters
  • Start date: September
  • Study mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year

About the Course

The MPhil in The Middle East in a Global Context is a new taught Masters course, offered in partnership with Trinity College Dublin. The course is awarded and taught by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

It is expected that the course will run on a blended learning basis from September 2022.

The course provides a solid foundation in the research methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the Middle East and North Africa, and the region’s histories, cultures, politics and (optional) language, in the larger context of global relations past and present.

The course is aimed at graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, including those recently graduated in a related discipline and seeking to deepen their knowledge of the Middle East and/or North Africa or to apply their undergraduate experiences in other fields to the area of Middle Eastern Studies. It is also intended for graduates already working in various fields and seeking to reskill, upskill, and attain a cultural fluency in the region. It further prepares students for progression to research degrees.

What will I learn?

  • Improve your understanding of the regions and its peoples.
  • Develop a critical and informed approach to evaluating relations between the Middle East and North Africa and the West
  • You will gain a high-quality learning experience which will enable students to develop relevant knowledge and research skills in the field of Middle Eastern Studies
  • The programme promotes the ethos of life-long learning and continuing professional development in the context of a post-Brexit global environment

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree with a minimum of 2:1 level or equivalent.

If English is not your first language or your education has not been in English, you must meet the standard Trinity requirements as well as the Al-Maktoum College requirements.

Teaching takes place solely in English and you must demonstrate that your English language proficiency is at a level that will allow you to follow your intended programme successfully.

Student Visa requirements for study in the UK

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications.

Al-Maktoum College will accept the following:

  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component and 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
  • LanguageCert – B2 or equivalent

Full entry requirement information can be found here

The course is aimed at graduates from a wide range of backgrounds, including those recently graduated in a related discipline and seeking to deepen their knowledge of the Middle East and/or North Africa or to apply their undergraduate experiences in other fields to the area of Middle Eastern Studies.

It is also intended for graduates already working in various fields and seeking to reskill, upskill, and attain a cultural fluency in the region. It further prepares students for progression to research degrees.

Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and essay writing, allowing students to develop research and writing skills with training in appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches.

Students on the full-time MPhil, and students on the Diploma, take four mandatory modules (M1-M4) and two optional modules (M5-M8) totalling 60 ECTS.

Students on the Postgraduate Certificate take three modules (30 ECTS) and students on the full-time MPhil further undertake the research project (dissertation).

The research project (30 ECTS), resulting in a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words, is carried out independently under the supervision of a Faculty member with relevant expertise. Preparation for the research project will take place through the non-assessed research skills seminar and also through relevant optional modules. It is submitted by the end of August.

You should apply directly using the College online application system and your application will usually be assessed within 3 working days. We may contact you to provide further information or to invite you to a short informal interview.

Please make sure you have the following information before starting your application:

  • Academic transcripts and qualification certificates
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  • Passport details
  • Referee details

We consider all aspects of the application: academic qualifications, personal statement and references.

All correspondence will be sent from admissions@almcollege.ac.uk after an application of study has been submitted and you should direct any questions there.

Module information

2022-23 available modules

Students on the MPhil, and students on the Diploma, take four mandatory modules and two optional modules (totalling 60 ECTS). Students on the MPhil also complete a Research Project.

Students on the Postgraduate Certificate take three core modules.

All modules are one Semester long, except for Arabic Language, Advanced Arabic and the Research Project.

Each taught module is worth 10 Credits.  The Research Project is worth 30 Credits.

Postgraduate Certificate Postgraduate Diploma MPhil
Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation in the Middle East and North Africa (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation in the Middle East and North Africa (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation in the Middle East and North Africa (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs
The Middle East from Antiquity to the Ottomans (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs The Middle East from Antiquity to the Ottomans (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs The Middle East from Antiquity to the Ottomans (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs
History and Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
(Semester 2) / 10 ECTs
History and Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
(Semester 2) / 10 ECTs
History and Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
(Semester 2) / 10 ECTs
East and West
(Semester 2) / 10 ECTs
East and West
(Semester 2) / 10 ECTs
Optional module 1* Optional module 1*
Optional module 2* Optional module 2*
Research Project / 30 ECTs
Total credits – 30 ECTs Total credits – 60 ECTs Total credits – 90 ECTs

Optional modules

  • Arab Intellectual History: Figures and Traditions (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs
  • Human Rights in the the Middle East and North Africa (Semester 1) / 10 ECTs
  • Islamic Law (Semester 2) / 10 ECTs
  • Arabic Language (Semesters 1 and 2) / 10 ECTs
  • Advanced Arabic (Semesters 1 and 2) / 10 ECTs

The two Arabic modules are mutually exclusive (you can only take one). The Advanced module presupposes level B2.