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MSt in Islamic Studies & History


University of Oxford Faculty of Oriental Studies

Full time October MA, MRes, Other, MSc

About the course

The Master of Studies in Islamic Studies and History is a one-year degree for students who already possess substantial knowledge of the field and who are able, without further language training, to work with pre-modern Arabic, Persian and Turkish primary sources as appropriate to their particular research interests.

You can take specialised classes and undertake independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students often progress to doctoral work after completing the MSt.

The course focuses on the political, social, and intellectual history of the central Islamic lands (Egypt, the Fertile Crescent, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Central Asia, and Anatolia) up until c. 1800. The course is characterised by a strong emphasis on research methods and primary sources, thus making

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in Middle Eastern studies, Islamic studies or a relevant cognate field.

Applicants must already possess substantial general knowledge of Islamic or Middle Eastern studies and history and be capable of working, without additional language instruction, with pre-modern Arabic and/or Persian and/or Ottoman Turkish texts.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.


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