Taught course

International Relations (Middle East)

Durham University · School of Government and International Affairs

Entry requirements

2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations. It enables you to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion concepts, theories and paradigms within the broad field of international relations, drawing lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations.

Students are able to develop their ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. Each study route 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 area.

The course also provides an opportunity for studying international relations and in comparative and historical perspective taking account of regional specific political and economic factors.

Course Structure

Students will take five core modules to the value of 150 credits and optional modules to the value of 30 credits, 15 of which must be from the regional module list.

Core Modules:
  • International Relations Theory
  • Model United Nations
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Production
  • Dissertation.
Middle East Route Core Module:
  • International Relations and Security in the Middle East
Regional Modules:
  • Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought
  • The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East.
Non-regional Modules:

In previous years these have included:

  • German Foreign Policy
  • European Security
  • Collective Memory and Identity in Post-War Europe
  • European Institutions and the Policy Process
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain
  • America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Political Ideology
  • Issues in the Politics of Military Occupation
  • Just War in Political Theory and Practice
  • Nationalism Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China
  • Political Economy and Development of Chinese Business
  • Political Ideology
  • Region, Nation and Citizen in Southeast Asia
  • Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis
  • A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Government and International Affairs
+44 (0) 191 334 5656