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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Durham University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Description

The MSc in Arab World Studies is intended to provide rigorous, research-driven, interdisciplinary, Masters-level education and training. It is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that seeks to combine critical and practical reasoning so as to attain the following aims:

The course is designed to establish a cadre of exceptional researchers, qualified at the Masters level, with skills and knowledge sufficient for the conduct of research in and on the Arab World

To recruit students of high calibre who have not previously completed any substantive research training and who have few or no Arabic language skills

To provide generic training in research methods and methodologies to provide a foundation in a broad range of social science research methods as well as basic research and transferable skills that all students in the social sciences require as deemed appropriate for ESRC recognition

To provide subject-specific training in research methods and methodologies in Politics, relevant also to International Relations and International Studies

To provide language instruction in the Arabic language, such that the student develops appropriate and sufficient competence to utilise the language in their subsequent research, or employment in the Arabic-speaking world

To develop the knowledge, skills and understanding which will prepare you to undertake research for a doctoral degree in Politics, International Relations or International Studies, and which may be required of a professional researcher in these fields of the social sciences

To develop your knowledge of the range of existing disciplinary, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research on the Arab World.

Course Learning and Teaching

At the beginning of the academic year, you will go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning.

This MSc course is spread across two-years. In the first year 100 credits is divided into three core and one/two optional modules and then in the second year 175 credits is divided into one core and five optional modules. Furthermore, you will have to submit a dissertation of 60 credits of not more than 12,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and you will spend the remaining time to write the dissertation.All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, you can meet your lecturers to discuss marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3,000 word essays, but some modules may be assessed by examination. You can also meet your module coordinators during your weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When you are working on your dissertation during the later half of the year, you will meet your assigned supervisor for a minimum of 6 hours. You will also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need.

Career Opportunities

School of Government and International Affairs

Our students go on to a wide range of successful careers including civil service and other government agencies, UN/INGOs/CSOs, journalism, media, teaching, law, banking and finance, diplomatic services and risk analysis.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 21,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    7th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 10

    9th out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    196 100%

    1st

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%

    1st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%

    5th

    2
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    191 87%

    6th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    6th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%

    72nd

    2

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