Research course

Government and International Affairs

Durham University · Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Entry requirements

Masters degree in an appropriate subject or its equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Research students working for MA, MPhil and PhD degrees are especially well catered for within the School, with dedicated research support workshops offered. Supervisors have generally light teaching loads enabling them to devote more time to research supervision. Research students are encouraged to feel they are part of a research community rather than working in isolation. We have excellent completion rates, and many of our former research students hold senior academic and government positions around the world. The research findings of PhD students often result in published output, either by the graduates themselves, or through joint papers written with their supervisors. Full time students are usually required to be in Durham during University term time.

All PhD programmes are assessed by submission of a 100,000 word thesis and an oral examination.

Department specialisms

Middle Eastern Politics and Economics; International Relations of the Middle East; Islamic Studies; Modern Middle Eastern History; Turkish, Iranian and Central Asian Studies.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS total of 7.0 (with no component within that score lower than 6.5) OR TOEFL 102 (with no component within that score lower than 25).

Fees and funding

Durham Doctoral Studentships; North East Doctoral Training Centre Studentships (ESRC) for Politics and International Relations and Language Based Area Studies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Government and International Affairs
(0)191 334 5656