Taught course

Middle East Studies

University of Exeter · Politics

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in the Social Sciences or Humanities.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Middle East Studies will equip you with the general research skills, sources and tools relevant to the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim world in general, and introduce you to a broad range of key theorists whose work has underpinned scholarship in several key fields of study.

You will learn how to make self-conscious choices around your own work and promote forms of theoretically-aware and interdisciplinary work found in some of the most successful research in Arab, Islamic and Middle East Studies.

Students taking the MA in Middle East Studies can specialise in 1-2 of seven areas of study if they wish, but do not have to. This means you can obtain degree titles such as e.g., (a) MA in Middle East Studies (b) MA in Middle East Studies with Gender Studies or (c) MA in Middle East Studies with Palestine and Islamic Studies.

The title of your degree depends on how you choose your credits and tailor your dissertation.

Specialisms available include:

  • Palestine Studies
  • Gulf Studies
  • Kurdish Studies
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender Studies
  • Iranian Studies
  • Islamic Studies

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English Language Requirements page.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,750 (full-time)
International students
£18,500 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0) 1392 723192