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MPhil Arabic Studies (Taught)

MPhil Arabic Studies (Taught)

Arabic Studies MPhil students must sit three papers; papers for 2018-19 include: 

  • Advanced Literary Arabic
  • History of the Pre-Modern Middle East after Tamerlane
  • Islamic Cities and Muslim Kings? Monarchy, Legitimacy and Urbanism in the Medieval and Early Modern Islamic World
  • Comparative Semitic Linguistics
  • Cairo Genizah 
  • Theory and Method in Middle Eastern Studies 

Please note, papers may change and their availability depends upon student interest and the availability of teaching staff. Please contact Dr Andrew Marsham ( for up to date information on this course.  

Language Requirements

Candidates are usually expected to have a degree level qualification (or equivalent) in a Middle Eastern language relevant to their degree programme. 

Please see the Entry Requirements page for English language requirements. 

Assessment Structure

  • The three papers are worth a total of 50% of the overall grade, and are assessed either by written examinations in June, a 5,000-word essay, or an alternative exercise.
  • The research element is a 15,000-word dissertation (also worth 50% of the overall grade), to be submitted no later than mid-August following the start of the course.

To apply, see the University Admissions pages