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Middle Eastern Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #27 (QS) ,
Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Manchester offers exceptionally wide-ranging opportunities for research and advanced training in the history, politics, gender studies, literatures, religious traditions and cultures of the Middle East.

About

Training and research supervision in all major cultures (except Turkey) and periods of the region are delivered by experts whose publications contribute to their subject on an international level. 

The Department was awarded the role of hosting (together with Edinburgh and Durham) the national Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World ( CASAW ) in 2006. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise a total of 60% of its research was deemed to be in the two top quality categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent).

CASAW regularly organises seminars, workshops and conferences, and offers some specialist training opportunities. Another major research centre, the Centre for Jewish Studies ( CJS ), brings together a wide range of specialists from across the University, and a large and active body of graduate students working on various aspects of Jewish culture and history, including modern Israeli society. 

The Manchester Iranian History Academic Network ( MIHAN ) organises seminars, workshops, and international conferences providing an intellectual and organisational framework for a sizeable and active group of graduate students working on Iranian history.

Research specialisms in Middle Eastern Studies and related subject areas include literature, gender, culture and history of the Arab countries (Salhi, Mostafa, Buckley), Islamic societies and practices, including Shiism (Buckley, Aishima), the modern and contemporary history of Iran, with a special focus on its politics and relations to other parts of the Middle East, to Europe, and to the US (Bast, Randjbar-Daemi), modern Israel and Palestine, and the emergence of Middle Eastern nationalisms (Behar), and Jewish literature, culture and thought from antiquity to modernity (Samely, Smithuis, Langton).

Other areas of doctoral supervision can be offered or are available through inter-disciplinary collaboration. Manchester's experts in Middle Eastern Studies contribute to the public debate on contemporary cultural-religious issues in the UK, the analysis and contextualization of current affairs in the Middle East, and the understanding of gender roles and the relations between 'East' and 'West'. 

Manchester is the editorial home of the Journal of Semitic Studies ( JSS ), an internationally renowned academic journal which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.

Career opportunities

Most doctoral students go into university teaching either in the UK or in their country of origin, sometimes via post-doctoral research projects.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Coursework and assessment

  • Your research will normally be supervised by two members of staff at the University. Your supervisors will most likely be members of the School, but if your research requires it, the School or Subject area may arrange for supervision by someone outside the School. 
  • Supervisory arrangements at Manchester are governed by a Code of Practice which is available on the University's website. Regular meetings will be held with the supervisors, and details of each of the meetings will be recorded. 
  • Research Panels (consisting of at least three academic staff, including the supervisors) are held once per semester to monitor progress.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview
  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
  • English language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    PhD (part-time)
    • UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098

    Living costs for Manchester

    • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and may be eligible to apply to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC and ESRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. 

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