Taught course

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Classical Islamic History and Culture)

Institution
University of Cambridge · Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Qualifications
MPhil

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK high 2:1 honours degree.

Applicants are expected to have an existing level of competence in Arabic and/or Persian necessary for the taught papers and dissertation research they plan to undertake (usually at least equivalent to two years full-time study of the language).

Those applicants whose native language is not English must have an excellent command of the English language (evidenced by the appropriate English-language test scores). The primary aim of the course is to prepare graduate students for independent academic research.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Classical Islamic History and Culture pathway is designed for highly motivated students who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the pre-modern Islamic world, together with the research skills necessary to carry out independent primary research work to a high academic standard through engagement with Arabic or Persian primary sources. Graduates will be well placed to pursue further research in a PhD programme, to use their skills and knowledge in the heritage sector, in education, or in any other field where cultural understanding, linguistic skills and high level critical thinking, analysis and communication skills are needed.

Learning Outcomes

The Classical Islamic History and Culture pathway will equip its graduates with the skills and knowledge to research independently and effectively the history and literatures of the pre-modern Islamic world, including further development of their skills in reading Arabic or Persian source materials. Graduates will also be able to show a sophisticated understanding of the wider fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the ability to communicate their knowledge and their research findings effectively.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    11 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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