Research course

Middle Eastern Studies

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Training and research supervision in all major cultures and periods of the region are delivered by experts whose publications contribute to their subject on an international level. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise a total of 60% of its research was deemed to be in the two top quality categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent).

Your research will normally be supervised by two members of staff at the University. Regular meetings will be held with the supervisors, and details of each of the meetings will be recorded. Research Panels are held once per semester to monitor progress.

Department specialisms

Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Middle Eastern History; Middle Eastern Literatures and Cultures; Linguistics and Translation

Information for international students

For students whose first language isn't Eng;ish, an overall IELTS score of 7, with 7 in the writing element is required, or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test).

Fees and funding

ORS and School Awards. Please contact the School for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
00 +44 (0)161 275 3559
00 +44 (0)161 275 3031