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Course closed:

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Middle Eastern Studies) is no longer accepting new applications.

My MPhil at FAMES was a formative experience in my academic and professional career. I had the opportunity to complete dissertation fieldwork in Jordan, supported by the Faculty which aided in my access to the field. My weekly meetings with my supervisor developed my analytical skills and provided me a space in which I was encouraged to think out loud. The MPhil prepared me to continue onto the PhD program, where I continued to develop the skills I had gained as an MPhil student. I also enjoyed the collegiate environment among my MPhil cohort, where I had the chance to connect with a diverse group of peers working on a variety of projects, and I made many lasting friendships at the Faculty.

Melissa Gatter (September 2016)

I really liked the opportunity to shape my own learning with the help and advice of my excellent supervisor, Dr Paul Anderson. I joined lectures and classes in departments across the university to gain a broad knowledge of Islamic studies and anthropology, while at the same time working closely with my supervisor to narrow down a topic for my thesis: an ethnographic study of classes for new Muslims at mosques in Manchester. Conducting fieldwork was a big highlight, putting what I had learnt into practice and making original research findings. The chance to spend a year designing the study, carrying out fieldwork, analysing findings, and writing a thesis was a tough, rewarding challenge; it was excellent preparation for starting a PhD! 

Philip Rushworth (September 2015)

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11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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