Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Middle East in Global Politics (Islam, Conflict and Development)

This Master's degree in politics will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and politics of the Middle East and Islam, while honing your ability to make well-informed, critical analyses of the region in the context of global politics. The programme has its theoretical foundations in international relations and political science, using these as tools to explore and analyse the region's domestic and international politics and current concerns, including sectarianism and persistent authoritarianism. Particular attention is given to the intersection between Islam, conflict and development. Recognising that Islam is at the centre of urgent discussions and disputes today, the programme looks into key issues including Muslim identity, religious extremism and violence, and the impact of American foreign policy in the region, including the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the ongoing conflict within Syria. The programme also uses interdisciplinary scholarship to help you make comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary Islam and the Middle East in relation to the UK and the world.

Entry requirements

MSc: A good honours degree in humanities or social science, though other qualifications may be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Core modules are assessed by end-of-year examination, while option modules are assessed by a combination of 5000-word essay and end-of-year examination.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Politics
Telephone number: 
02076316780