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Teaching

Students on the Classical Islamic History and Culture  pathway  study three taught modules and write a research dissertation of not more than 15,000-words . A core taught module provides a full overview of the wider field of Middle Eastern Studies and on-going training and support in preparation for the dissertation. The two optional modules provide specialist training in specific aspects of the history or literatures of the pre-modern Islamic world.

Students are also encouraged to engage in various training courses and reading groups in the department of Middle Eastern Studies, as well as the department’s fortnightly research seminars, and the research seminars of the Centre for Islamic Studies and the many other research events taking place across the wider university.

One to one supervision

Students will be offered a minimum of two hours as needed to support dissertation research and writing. The final number of hours will be agreed upon with the supervisor depending on student need and progress. 

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

While each section differs in the total number of hours directly taught, all subjects offer a minimum of 48 class hours of instruction across the year.

Feedback

Students on the Classical Islamic History and Culture  pathway  who are working on essays or examinations and a dissertation of not more than 15,000-words to be submitted in August, will receive feedback on their work after the June Degree Committee meeting (for essays and examinations) and after the final Degree Committee meeting of the year in September (for MPhil dissertation results and overall degree results). Students will receive feedback routinely throughout the year from their supervisors. Supervisors also produce feedback via termly online supervision reports.

Assessment

Thesis

For the Classical Islamic History and Culture pathway, students will submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. All MPhil dissertations must include a brief abstract at the start of the dissertation of no more than 400 words.

Essays

For the Classical Islamic History and Culture  pathway, students may submit essays as part of their degree:

With the approval of the Degree Committee, a candidate may offer, in place of one or more of the examination papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.

Written examination

For the Classical Islamic History and Culture  pathway, students may take examinations as part of their degree:

Three written examination papers on subjects approved by the Degree Committee. With the approval of the Degree Committee, a candidate may offer, in place of one or more of those papers, the same number of essays, each of not more than 5,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography, or equivalent Alternative Exercises approved by the Degree Committee.

Other

An oral examination on the dissertation and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls, but at the Degree Committee’s discretion the requirement for an oral examination may be waived.

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Key Information


11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 2, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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