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In one academic year, I was familiarized with the cities and ruling structures of the Umayyads, Abbasids and other Muslim empires; I was invited to parse and analyse Arab poetry; I was asked to reflect on mazalim courts and Ottoman justice; and I was encouraged to debate topical concepts such as orientalism. The weekly lectures by the Faculty and its affiliated centres brought further diversity to my experience of the MPhil degree. This bustling academic life was made all the more enjoyable to me by the fact that there was still enough time to look after my research interests. A diverse student cohort made the social dynamic of the programme stand out: making contact with people from different parts of the world was particularly rewarding for me. The writing assignments, which range from book reviews to essays, constantly challenged me to write clearly and compendiously, but also trenchantly. For anyone wishing to expand on an academic interest in the Middle East, this is the optimal degree.

Samir Saad (April 2021)

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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:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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