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Arab World Studies

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.

Course modules

Year 1: Core modules to the value of 70 credits: Optional modules to the value of 30 credits. Year 2: Core modules to the value of 40 credits: Optional modules to the value of 75 credits, plus Dissertation 60 credits. Core Modules: Arabic Language 1B, Perspectives on Social Research, The Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, Arabic Language 2B, Dissertation. Optional Modules: Optional modules in previous years have included: Statistical Exploration and Reasoning, Quantitative Methods in Social Science, Applied Statistics, Qualitative Methods in Social Science, Fieldwork and Interpretation, International Relations and Security in the Middle East, The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East, America and the World: The Making of US Foreign Policy, Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought.

Assessment methods

All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. You will also produce a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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