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MPhil in The Middle East in a Global Context

In collaboration with Trinity College Dublin

  • Tuition fees: £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.

This course is designed for students who hold a degree in any discipline and are interested in studying the region of the Middle East, its histories, cultures, politics and (optionally) language.

It provides a foundation in the methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the Middle East. It provides intensive training in several fields of knowledge through a combination of online lectures, seminars, tutorials and essay writing, allowing you to develop research and writing skills with training in theoretical and methodological approaches. You also complete a research project (dissertation) on a subject chosen by you in consultation with your supervisor.

The application deadline is 31 July 2022.

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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

Why should I choose this degree?

This course is designed for students who hold a degree in any discipline and are interested in studying the region of the Middle East, its histories, cultures, politics and language.

It provides a foundation in the methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the Middle East. It provides intensive training in several fields of knowledge through a combination of online lectures, seminars, tutorials and essay writing, allowing you to develop research and writing skills with training in theoretical and methodological approaches. You also complete a research project (dissertation) on a subject chosen by you in consultation with your supervisor.

Course Structure

The programme can be accessed via three different entry routes, each of which offers distinct advantages. Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transition from the Certificate to the Diploma and then to the MPhil, which effectively spreads the MPhil as a part-time degree.

On the Postgraduate Certificate (total: 30 credits), students complete three core modules (M1-M3) to develop a basic understanding of and fluency with the methods and contexts of the field of Middle Eastern Studies.

On the Postgraduate Diploma (total: 60 credits), students four core modules (M1-M4) plus 2 optional modules, gaining a thorough grounding in both the theory and the practice underpinning current research in Middle Eastern studies.

On the MPhil (total: 90 credits), students complete four core modules (M1-M4) plus 2 optional modules, and build on the knowledge and skills gained through the modules by applying them to the research project (which is worth 30 credits).

• Data sharing – information provided in the application may be shared with the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education. It is also possible to apply via the Al-Maktoum College.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 honours class degree from an Irish university or its international equivalent is the minimum qualification required for admittance on this course. This table provides some international equivalents to a 2.1 honours degree. The table is drawn from data provided by Quality Qualifications Ireland. It is provided only as a frame of reference.

English language proficiency

All candidates who are not native English speakers and have not completed a degree through the medium of English are required to prove their proficiency with the language. Trinity prefers IELTS, but will accept alternative tests provided by international organisations, such as TOEFL. This table provides the minimum score for IELTS and some alternatives:

IELTS Grade 6.5 (No less than 6.5 in any section) Certificates are valid for up to three years
Duolingo English Test Overall score of at least 110/160 with no less than 110 in any category Certificates must be dated since January 2020
TOEFL iBT = 88 Certificates are valid for up to three years
Computer based = 230
Paper based = 570
University of Cambridge 180+ with no less than 175 in each skill Certificates are valid for up to three years
Proficiency Certificate Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
Advanced Certificate Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
First Certificate Grade A (CEFR Level C1)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) A minimum score of 63 (no less than 59 for any section) Certificates are valid for up to three years

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.

The “Empire”, “Antiquity to the Ottomans” and “History and Politics” modules are assessed by 4000-word essays, and by exercises such as multiple choice quizzes (MCQ), learning journals, and/or other appropriate pedagogical instruments.

The other modules are assessed solely by 4000-word essays, but may also include exercises on a formative (i.e. non-assessed) basis.

All written work is submitted via Blackboard, which uses Turnitin to check for plagiarism and allows for feedback to be provided by the lecturer.

To pass the MPhil course as a whole, one must pass the Research Project. For a Distinction, one must get 70 or above in the Research Project and in the average of the other modules, without failing any module. Subject to this, the overall mark for the course is the weighted average of the mark awarded for each module.

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2022.

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.