Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Courses

T6K109 Arab World Studies MSc Postgraduate Taught 2021

Essentials

Please note: 2021-22 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Applicants will be informed of any changes which we are required to make to course entries as a result of Covid-19.

Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date October
Location Durham City
More information Still have questions?
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/sgia

Course Summary

Description

The MSc in Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, Masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims:

  • The course is designed to establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters level, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World
  • To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills
  • To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies to provide a foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research and transferable skills that all students in the social sciences require as deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition
  • To provide subject-specific training in research methods and methodologies in Politics, relevant also to International Relations and International Studies

To provide language instruction in the Arabic language, such that you will develop appropriate and sufficient competence to utilise the language in your subsequent research, or employment in the Arabic-speaking world

  • To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which will prepare you to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics, International Relations or International Studies, and which may be required of a professional researcher in these fields of the social sciences
  • To develop your knowledge of the range of existing disciplinary, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research on the Arab World.

Course Structure

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Arabic Language 1
  • Perspectives on Social Research
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Statistical Exploration and Reasoning
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Science
  • Applied Statistics

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Arabic Language “B
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Dissertation
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Science
  • Fieldwork and Interpretation

Examples of optional modules:

You can choose two optional modules that may include:

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Core Concepts
  • Debating the European Union
  • Designing Political Inquiry
  • Global Governance
  • Global Political Theory
  • International Organisations
  • Ideologies and Political Thought
  • International Relations Theory
  • The Politics of East Asia.

A 20 credit language module is allowed to be taken with all the programmes as long as it is agreed with the programme director.

 

Course Learning and Teaching

At the beginning of the academic year, you will go through five-day induction events in which you are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc degrees and the facilities available for their learning.

The 180 credits one-year MA degree is divided into two core and two optional modules of 30 credits each. Furthermore, you will have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and you will spend the remaining time writing your dissertation.

PGT modules involve a range of different modes of delivery, but are largely based around lectures, seminars and other forms of active learning activities. The School places great importance on research-led teaching, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum. Each module is build around 300 hours of learning, a large portion of which is independent reading and preparation. Class contact hours are all above 20 hours per module, with the exception of the dissertation, and are spread across the 12 teaching weeks in the academic calendar.  Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations or other activities — the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another.

All modules include a formative assessment to help you prepare for summative assignments by allowing you to identify what aspects of your work you are doing well on and which areas require improvement. You are encouraged to make appointments with the course lecturers to discuss module content, and after you have received it, any feedback on your work.

Typically summative assessments are around 3000 words, but these vary based on learning outcomes, assessment type, and module design. Some modules may be assessed by examination. The majority of coursework involves independent reading and written assignments, but you will have the opportunity to discuss course material as well either through presentations or class discussions.  You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor, who will also act as your academic advisor, and is someone you can consult throughout the year for general academic support, in addition to dissertation supervision.

SGIA conducts regular seminars and organises lectures throughout the year which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide opportunities to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies.

Towards the end of the programme you can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent.
  • Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.
  • No prior substantive research training and few or no Arabic language skills.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £22,260.00 per year
Home Student £10,900.00 per year
Island Student £10,900.00 per year
International non-EU Student £22,260.00 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

Career Opportunities

School of Government and International Affairs

Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies, UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Postgraduate Visits

PGVI or

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit/

Department Information

School of Government and International Affairs

Overview

Durham’s School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) combines a long tradition of expertise in a wide range of fields in politics, political theory, political economy, and international relations with a depth of specialisms in regional expertise – Europe, East Asia, the Middle East and the wider Muslim world. The SGIA provides an exceptional environment for learning, training and research.

Ranking

71% of the department’s research is either Internationally Excellent’ (3*) or World Leading (4*) – the top two categories in REF 2014.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/sgia