University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Middle Eastern History

The MLitt in Middle Eastern History offers students the opportunity to explore in depth a variety of topics relating to the history and culture of this crucially significant region of the world. The course draws upong the wide range of expertise within the School of History.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, UK 2.1 minimum or equivalent, GPA 3.6 or better. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of language competency.

Course modules

Compulsory modules:
1. Themes in Middle Eastern History and Politics: looks at a variety of theoretical and disciplinary approaches, including Orientalism, along with key questions in Middle Eastern historiography.
Optional modules:Students choose two of the following:

1. Arabic for Beginners 1 and Arabic for Beginners 2: enables students to read, write and converse in simple Modern Standard Arabic.
2. Intermediate Arabic 1 and Intermediate Arabic 2: enables students to read and write Modern Standard Arabic to intermediate level with the aid of a dictionary, and to speak in standard Arabic on appropriate topics with a limited vocabulary.
3. Persian for Beginners 1 and Persian for Beginners 2: teaches the skills of reception (reading and listening) and production (speaking and writing) in Persian.
Middle Eastern Historical Translation: serves as a bridge between the language modules and history modules and is assessed through the submission of an annotated translation from Persian to English.
4. Directed Reading in Middle Eastern History: encourages the development of skills of historical analysis through concentrated study of a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor.
Students taking any optional language module must also take Middle Eastern Historical Translation.

Dissertation: Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.

Assessment methods

Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed by coursework or a combination of coursework and examination.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (England) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,090 per Whole course (International) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Whole course (EU) 1 years

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Secretary for History
Telephone number: 
01334 462907