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Middle Eastern Studies MA

Course Description

Our MA in Middle Eastern Studies provides expert research-led teaching in the politics, anthropology and sociology of the modern Middle East and North Africa.

Key Benefits:

-Develop expertise in the politics and sociology of one of the most contested and important regions in the world today
-Take optional modules on a range of key topics taught by world-leading social scientists
-Have the opportunity to learn Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and Hebrew at the Modern Language Centre
-Learn to analyse primary source material from the region and develop a range of methodological skills – from ethnography to quantitative analysis
-Benefit from our close links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Council, and leading international think tanks based in central London.

Course Description:

Our programme will introduce you to cutting-edge debates in the social sciences as they relate to the politics and society of the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Our world-leading faculty have extensive experience of conducting research in the region and the programme regularly attracts a dynamic student body who have lived and worked in the MENA. This diversity will expose you to new perspectives, and prepare you for a career specialising in the region.

In addition to the expertise that our Department offers, you can draw on the knowledge of a number of departments across King’s, including International Development, Political Economy, European and International Studies, War Studies, History, and Theology & Religious Studies.

If you want to learn about the most up-to-date political and social developments in the Middle East and North Africa, then our programme is ideal for you.

Course purpose:

Our core course aims to provide students with an overview of the key debates and issues in regional politics and society, using concepts and theories from social science – from the legacies of colonialism to the ongoing refugee crisis. The emphasis is on familiarising students with a wide range of social and political phenomena in preparation for the optional modules and the MA dissertation.

Career prospects

Our students go on to pursue careers at the United Nations, European Union, diplomatic services, journalism, government and a wide variety of different NGOs, or further research in our PhD programme.

How to apply


About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Visit the Middle Eastern Studies MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in an appropriate subject, such as in history, politics, international relations or languages. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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