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Over the course of the academic year, I benefited immensely from several supervision meetings to develop my dissertation topic. Each meeting enriched my knowledge of the subject, provided me with information to pursue new avenues of inquiry and novel approaches to my research process, while also helping me become a better writer. An MPhil by Research is an inherently independent undertaking that culminates at the end of the year in a single piece of work. However, I felt supported every step of the way by my supervisor, Assef Ashraf, as well as the Faculty and administration. The Theory and Method module in the first term introduced me to a range of concepts within Middle Eastern Studies that were outside of my geographical, chronological, and disciplinary focus, but which helped me hone my research, and gave me a more well-rounded understanding of the region, its historiography, and broader scholarship. This is the perfect degree for those wishing to build on their academic knowledge of the Middle East, as well as those hoping to develop the skills necessary for a PhD.

Mohammad Adnan (September 2021)

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 with 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 of 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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12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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