Taught course

Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

Durham University · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

UK 2.1 Bachelor degree, or equivalent.

A degree in the field of Social Sciences is preferable, however, in assessing the application we also take into account other facilitating factors such as relevant experience in lieu of this requirement.

Two satisfactory academic references. In cases of applicants who have significant relevant experience, one work-related reference and one academic reference would be considered appropriate.

Months of entry


Course content

Immerse yourself in debates about international politics, international organisations and how they influence relationships between nations. The MA in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East will equip you with the skills to challenge conventional thinking and analyse your own views about some of the present-day challenges in the Middle East and North African region.

The course provides a rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary approach to studying the contemporary Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics – including cultural and local political and ideological factors – which shape the contemporary international relations of the region. You will learn to evaluate concepts, theories, and paradigms, drawing lessons from real-world studies informed by rigorous qualitative investigations and an exploration of the underlying ethical issues. The MA draws on the research and teaching strengths of our Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS) and the wider School of Government and International Affairs.

Your learning will be informed by a wealth of ongoing research by experts working at the forefront of their field. Core modules in the International Politics of the Middle East, the Non-Arab States of the Middle East, and Researching the Global South form the foundation of the course. The remaining modules can be tailored to suit your interests, with options spanning topics from Global Governance to Ideologies and Political Thought. You can also choose to explore a contrasting region of the world in greater depth or study Arabic. These interests can be further developed through the researching and writing of the dissertation.

On completion, graduates are well placed to pursue careers in international and non-governmental organisations, politics, and the civil service. Others move into the wider fields of journalism, teaching, business, and research.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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