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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

Study Mode : Taught

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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