- Themes in Middle Eastern History: looks at a variety of theoretical and disciplinary approaches, including Orientalism, as well as exploring questions of nationalism, statehood and identity.
Students take two of the following modules.
Here is a sample of optional modules that may be offered.
- Directed Reading in Middle Eastern History (1 and 2): encourages the development of skills of historical analysis through concentrated study of a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor.
- State and Society in the Premodern Middle East: introduces students to debates about development of states and societies in the Middle East from late antiquity to the eve of the modern period.
- Language: Two modules in Arabic or Persian at the appropriate level.
In most cases, students will take a Middle Eastern language as this is essential for advanced work in Middle Eastern History. If so, they also need to take the following module:
- Middle Eastern Historical Translation: intended to complement and supplement Arabic or Persian language modules and to serve as a bridge between the language modules and history modules which constitute the majority of the MLitt in Middle Eastern History programme.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
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.