Modern Middle Eastern History (3 Years) [BA]
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UCAS course code: V140
UCAS institution code: M20
Degree awarded: BA
Duration: 3 years
Typical A level offer: AAB-BBB preferably to include History
Course fees: Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2012 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £12,300 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.
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BA (Hons) Modern Middle Eastern History
Allows Students to gain an in-depth understanding of the recent history of a large region which is of central importance in the contemporary world. Students will study the intellectual and political forces, and the internal conflicts, which have transformed the Middle East in modern times. The programme also covers the complex and dynamic interactions between the peoples and states of the Middle East and the wider international community.
- The course is carefully structured so that Students can measure their progress step by step. First year study will concentrate on foundation courses on the contemporary and the early modern history of the Middle East and the development of study and IT skills.
- In the second year Students will take in-depth courses on the modern Middle East and its place in international relations and choose from a wide range of related subjects according to preference.
- The third year covers a major topic in the modern history of the Middle East studied through authentic historical documents, a variety of specialised historical, political or cultural course choices and an independently researched dissertation on a subject of the student's choice.
- 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.
Selected entry requirements
AAB-BBB preferably to include History
Duration of A level study: Data Code not configured
AS level: Two AS-Levels may be accepted in place of the third A-Level.
Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language.
Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
31 - 36 points overall
Higher Level Requirements - 6,6,5 -5,5,5 preferably to include History
Irish Leaving Certificate: We welcome applications from students studying for this qualification and all such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Scottish Highers are accepted only in combination with Advanced Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers:
AAB-BBB preferably to include History
Where a required subject is not available at Advanced Higher Level, and A-Level or equivalent is required
A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is acceptable in combination with 2 A-Levels. Please see the section on A-Levels for relevant subject specific requirements.
European Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.
Other international entry requirements: The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world¿s leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website.
BTEC National Diploma: Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis. Please see the sections on A-Level and GCSE entry requirements for subject specific qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma: Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Merit grade at Level 3. They must also EITHER have GCSE English language (at Grade C or higher), OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English language at Level 2. Evidence of foreign language study is preferred but not essential We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.
Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Advanced/Progression Diploma: The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements when further details on equivalences are published
Non-standard educational routes:
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Candidates must be proficient in the English language, which is the language of instruction and examination at the university.Acceptable English Language qualifications include IELTS 6.5 (with no individual component below 5.5), CPE grade C, CAE Grade B or another equivalent
Advice to applicants
Returning to education
- We welcome applicants who are looking to return to study and value their contribution to the departmental culture and social life. Students who have experience of the Middle East or plan to live there have formed a substantial segment of our student body for many years.
- All applicants who meet our entry requirements are invited for interview and given individual consideration.
- Access courses are acceptable as an entry route to this course - please contact the UG Admissions Team.
Teaching and learning
- You will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will spend approximately 12 hours each week in formal study sessions. For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
- The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre
Coursework and assessment
The courses offered by Middle Eastern Studies are assessed by a variety of methods best suited to the learning outcomes of a particular course. These range from written examinations to assessed essays and oral presentations. All language courses are assessed with oral as well as written examinations. Students also receive regular assignments which give them feed-back on their performance. Most other course units require completion of assignments, which may range from retrieving information using IT skills to reading assignments and discussion papers.
All examination scripts and assessed coursework are marked by two members of staff and moderated by a specialist External Examiner. The structure of the marking scheme is explained in detail in the Middle Eastern Studies Undergraduate Handbooks, and in guide handbooks for Oral Presentation, Essay and Research Paper Preparation.
The University of Manchester has excellent facilities and support for the study of the Middle East. In particular, the John Rylands University Library is one of the best in Europe, with a large Middle Eastern collection including one of Britain's finest Middle Eastern manuscript collections - link to the gallery for a glimpse of a few of them. The Language Centre of the University has materials for all Middle Eastern languages. Students are able to access radio and television broadcasts in Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Hebrew. They can enhance their study of languages through the materials available on the Internet, multimedia CD ROM and audio and video tapes.