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Middle Eastern Studies Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Middle Eastern Studies programme is connected to a vibrant research community of academic staff, visiting researchers and postgraduate research students.
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Our researchers work in a diverse array of fields, including (but not limited to):

  • History and Politics of the Middle East
  • Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies
  • Culture and Society in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Political Economy of the Middle East and the Gulf
  • International Relations of the Middle East

Research seminars and events

The Programme, through its Middle East & Mediterranean Studies Research Group (MERG), and in association with the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies, regularly hosts series of seminars, special lectures and public events. Many of these events are open to the public, and often attract distinguished speakers and politicians from around the world.

Considering postgraduate research?

If you are interested in joining our community as a research student, your first step should be to contact a potential supervisor and talk through your research proposal with them. They will then be able to advise you on how to apply.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Current research projects:
  • Europe and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
  • Europe and the Middle East: Trade, Society & Peace.
  • Turkey, Israel and the United States.
  • Islamic Radicalism in Europe.
  • Anti-Zionism in the Modern World.
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A Master's degree at Distinction or Merit level  (or international equivalent) in a subject appropriate to the course is usually required.
  • In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or international  equivalent) and extensive relevant experience may be considered for entry. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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