The MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic Studies) is text based. Students taking the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic) will be introduced to the analytical tools required for studying texts in Arabic Literary and Grammatical Tradition, Science and Religion, Qu'ran and Hadith, Islamic Law. Students will also be introduced to primary sources and bibliographical methods.
During the year, MPhil students attend various training courses offered by the Department in subjects such as codicology, text reading, and other skills. They are also encouraged to attend fourth-year undergraduate lectures and language courses where relevant. They must attend graduate work-in-progress seminars where they have an opportunity to present their own work to their peers for feedback in a supportive environment.
The one year course MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic Studies) will have the following structure:
- (i) three modules each assessed by a written examination or a 5,000 word essay or by an Alternative Exercise.
The cumulative score of these three papers will be worth 50% of the final mark.
- (ii) a 15,000 word dissertation. The mark for the dissertation constitutes 50% of the overall mark for this course.
The following papers will be available for the MPhil pathway in Classical Arabic Studies in 2016 - 2017. You need to choose three of the following papers:
- Classical Arabic Literary Creativity - Science and Religion in Medieval Islam - Qur’an and Hadith - Islamic Law - The Arabic Grammatical Tradition - Modes of Legitimation in the pre-modern Islamic world - Alternative Exercise [to be arranged with specific instructors]
An individual student or a group of students sharing similar interests can arrange an 'Alternative Exercise'. Possible topics include:
- Al-Jahiz and the Ninth Century - The Qira’at Tradition - The Arabic Geographical Tradition - Al-Ash’ari’s K. Maqalat al-Islamiyyin
At the end of the MPhil programme, students will be expected to have: - acquired the ability to read, interpret and translate primary sources in Classical Arabic; - acquired a good knowledge of the general scholarship on Pre-Modern Middle Eastern culture(s); - acquired an in-depth knowledge of the secondary literature relevant to the subject of their dissertation; - developed the ability to formulate original research questions and produce a well-constructed, argument to answer them, in the form - of an independent piece of research based on the use of primary and secondary sources; - acquired the skills to use library and internet resources independently.
- For the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic Studies), students will submit a thesis of not more than 15,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil dissertations must include a brief Abstract at the start of the dissertation of no more than 400 words.
- For the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic Studies), students may submit essays as part of their degree: With the approval of the Degree Committee, a candidate may offer, in place of one or more of the examination papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.
- For the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic Studies), students may take examinations as part of their degree: Three written examination papers on subjects approved by the Degree Committee, which shall fall within one of the fields specified in the Schedule to these regulations. With the approval of the Degree Committee, a candidate may offer, in place of one or more of those papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.
- There is no practical assessment associated with this course.
- An oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls, but at the Degree Committee’s discretion the requirement for an oral examination may be waived.
Applicants for the PhD will be expected to have scored at least 67% or above (or the equivalent from an overseas University) in their Master's degree which should be related to the PhD programme they wish to pursue. All applicants should submit with their GRADSAF (graduate application) a workable and interesting research proposal and demonstrate that they have the required academic knowledge and skills to carry out their project.
Admission is at the discretion of the Degree Committee, which judges each graduate applicant on his or her own merits and in accordance with its own set rules and regulations.
NB: Applicants should check the Faculty's website before the academic year 2016 - 2017 is due to start to see if AHRC funding is available to apply for. Home PhD and MPhil students and EU students who satisfy home residency criteria may be eligible for a full studentship which covers the University Composition Fee and College Fees plus an annual maintenance stipend. EU students are eligible for a fees-only award.
- Pembroke College Graduate Studentship in Arabic and Islamic Studies -
This studentship covers the University and College fees at the UK Home rate for applicants who are applying for a PhD and MPhil in Arabic Studies, Persian Studies or Islamic Studies and who are affiliated with Pembroke College.