Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

MSc by Research in IMES

The MScR programme is a one year programme that allows you to develop your research skills through the submission of a portfolio of 30,000 words.


The flexible nature of the programme allows you to study at Masters level but in a manner tailored to your own interests. Although you may choose to audit classes, you do not normally attend taught courses but work individually with your supervisor using library resources. You are not expected to have any prior Middle Eastern language competence however the opportunity of taking Arabic, Persian or Turkish is available.

For admission to the MScR programme, the Department normally requires an undergraduate honours degree of UK 2:1 class or better (or its international equivalent) and a short research proposal and indicative bibliography (c. 800 words). Non-native speakers of English must attain a 7.0 overall in the IELTS test (or TOEFL equivalent) before commencing the degree with 6.5 in each section.

Study options

There are two possible pathways to the MScR Degree:

Pathway I:

You submit two written assignments (each approximately 6.000 words) over the two teaching semesters, and proceed to work on a 15,000 word dissertation in the second half of the year to be submitted in mid August.

In addition you will take the Research Skills and Methods course (20 credits) during the first semester and Research Problems and Methods in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies course (20 credits) during the second semester.

Pathway II:

You submit a single 30,000 word dissertation, to be submitted in mid August.

In addition you will audit the Research Skills and Methods course during the first semester and Research Problems and Methods in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies course during the second semester.

Programme content

Your supervisor and the Programme Director will discuss your programme with you individually and agree on a programme of study.

Further information and descriptions of the courses to be take can be found by consulting the Degree Programme Table for this programme:

MSc by Research Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Degree Programme Table

Admission to the Programme

Links to the online application pages and other useful information are available from the Graduate School website.

A research proposal must accompany the application and potential applicants are encouraged to make contact with Dr Andreas Görke in advance of applying for this programme to discuss the formulation of the proposal and an appropriate pathway for attaining the degree.

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