MPhil/PhD On Campus

Kurdish Studies

The University of Exeter

48 months
19000 GBP/year
4596 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is an Area Studies department grounded in multidisciplinary approaches to research and training. The Kurdish Studies programme is offered by The University of Exeter.


Within a purpose-built space, it brings together anthropologists, archaeologists, literary scholars, linguists, political scientists, historians, sociologists and scholars of religion. Researchers collaborate within the Institute, as well as within disciplinary networks at Exeter, alongside their contributions at national and international levels. We strongly believe that the presence of a variety of disciplines, along with geographic and temporal specialisms, within one building enriches the work we produce as a collective.

Staff and postgraduate research students are affiliated to one of our research centres, where they can share their research findings, participate in seminars, lectures and research projects.


Postgraduates of the Kurdish Studies programme from The University of Exeter have progressed on to a wide range of careers in the UK and internationally, helped by the reputation of the Institute. These positions span both the public and private spheres and have included academia, journalism, security and political roles.

As a postgraduate at Exeter, you will be able to take advantage of the wealth of business contacts, support and training offered by our Career Zone.

This includes our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme for research students which covers a range of topics to help you to succeed during your PhD and to act as a springboard for your research career.

Programme Structure

MPhil/PhD students work alongside researchers within the following research centres:

  • Centre for Gulf Studies
  • Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies
  • Centre for Kurdish Studies
  • European Centre for Palestine Studies
  • Centre for the Study of Islam
  • Centre for Islamic Archaeology
  • Centre for Middle East Politics (forthcoming)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most subject areas do no have specific deadlines for applications, though the majority of students start in September.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally expected to have, or be working towards, a Master's degree at Merit level or above in a subject area that aligns with the expertise of our staff. We also consider applications from candidates who can demonstrate professional or other relevant experience that would make them suited to undertake an MPhil/PhD with us.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19000 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4596 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4596 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Exeter

649 - 1087 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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