Research course

Middle East Politics

University of Exeter · Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

Entry requirements

Please contact the School for confirmation of entry requirements for this programme.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Research in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) is divided into three disciplinary research clusters (Middle East Social Sciences, Middle East Humanities and Islamic Studies) . Staff and postgraduate students (MA, MPhil and PhD students) are affiliated to one these clusters, sharing research findings and participating in seminars, lectures and research projects.

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is recognised as one of the main centres in the world for social sciences and humanities teaching and research in relation to Arab and Islamic countries. Our MPhil/PhD programmes provide an opportunity for you to study with leading specialists in the field.

MPhil/PhD students work alongside researchers within the following research centres:

Department specialisms

Middle East Social Sciences; Middle East Humanities; Islamic Studies; Gulf Studies; Kurdish Studies; Persian and Iranian Studies; Palestine Studies

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found at

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months


part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
+44(0) 1392 724490