Modern Middle Eastern History (3 Years) [BA]
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- BA (Hons) Modern Middle Eastern History is unique in British universities because its approach to the modern Middle East places it in its broader international context.
- The emphasis throughout is on the discipline of historical study and research, but you also have the option of learning a modern Middle Eastern language up to the end of Year 2.
- The final-year dissertation in Modern Middle Eastern History allows students to bring to bear their acquired historical knowledge and skills in writing a substantial, independently-researched piece of their own choice with a sustained focus, based at least partly on original historical sources rather than being a mere synthesis of secondary literature. This gives you the opportunity to apply and demonstrate the transferable skills you have acquired in research, analysis and advanced writing skills, which is attractive to future employers.
- Personal tutors based in the department of Middle Eastern Studies will help you in planning and reflecting upon your progress.
Course content for year 1
- First year study will provide an introduction to the study of Modern Middle Eastern History. There are also courses introducing Islam and the Ancient & Mediaeval histories of the Middle East. It is possible to study a Middle Eastern language. The year also features a core course on the contemporary Middle East and fosters the development of study and IT skills.
Course content for year 2
- Second year study contains courses that cover aspects of the Modern history of the Middle East such as the political developments of the 19 th Century, the First World War in the Middle East, the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle Eastern Revolutions and the Middle East and the Cold War. In addition to this, it is possible to continue learning a Middle Eastern language or to choose from a wide range of related subjects according to preference.
Course content for year 3
- The third year offers the study of a major topic in the modern history of the Middle East based on authentic historical documents (in translation) and a variety of specialised historical, political or cultural course choices. Students also write a substantial dissertation on the basis of independent historical research into a topic of their choice.
There are numerous possibilities for graduates of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. The general and academic skills acquired in the courses are welcomed by a broad spectrum of employers including:
- The Civil Service
- The British Council
- Non-governmental organisations
- International organisations (for example the UN and the EU)
- Business and commerce
- Print and broadcast journalism
- Tourism management
Some recent graduates are academics and researchers in various fields, after going on to do postgraduate studies in areas such as Development Studies, International Relations, Linguistics, European Studies and History. BA (Hons) Arabic Studies is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study in the areas of Arabic or Islamic studies, as well as for living and working in Arab countries.
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies runs regular Visit and Interview Days during which applicants can see the Department and language learning facilities, meet members of staff and current students, and have an opportunity to discuss their study aims and qualifications with lecturers.
- We consider a visit and interview to be an essential part of the admissions process. Coming to the Department gives you an opportunity to see if your expectations are matched by what the course offers and explain your interest in the subject and your qualifications.
- All applicants to the department of Middle Eastern Studies who meet our entry requirements are invited for an interview (or telephone interview for overseas applicants) and visit day.
- At the Visit Day individual meetings with lecturers are arranged which last between 15 and 20 minutes. The applicant is invited to explain her/his interests and qualifications, and how their chosen subjects fits in with these. Lecturers look in particular for evidence of subject interest and motivation. Lecturers explain the department's subject and course portfolio and specific requirements to the applicant. Alternative routes of study may be explored together. Applicants are invited to pose any questions they might have.
- We are happy to make offers for deferred entry.