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Students will be required to have a First or Upper Second Class degree or equivalent, ideally with a background in the Islamic and/or Middle Eastern studies or a background in ancient history or Middle Eastern civilizations.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
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The MSc in Persian Civilisation is an interdisciplinary programme that builds on a number of fields of study, including Classics, Ancient History, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies.
The taught MSc in Persian Civilisation is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the extensive expertise across two Schools of the University in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the period c.800 BCE to the present day. The programme involves scholars with complementary interests in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean civilisation within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (SHCA) and the School of Literatures, Languages and Culture (LLC).
The programme provides a wide-ranging academic teaching and learning experience, one unique in the field of Persian studies, particularly for those who wish to engage with both the pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures of Iran, and for those wishing to combine research projects at postgraduate level with specialist methodological, theoretical, literary, and historiographical training.
The programme will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays culminating in a dissertation.
Through this programme you will acquire a strong understanding of theoretical and conceptual tools required to understand the disciplinary fields of Ancient History, Classics and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and an academically-based, independent and critical knowledge of Persian Civilisation in particular.
You will refine your abilities to engage critically and analytically with the significant literature and learn to undertake a sustained piece of independent research that demonstrates the research skills, training and knowledge you have acquired.
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This article was published on Aug 21, 2013