- Research income: Middle East & Mediterranean Studies recently received a grant for £10,000 on Radical Islam in Europe. £45,000 for the Uses of Foreign Aid in the Middle East.
- Current number of academic staff: 7 (plus a School teaching fellow and additional staff from Theology & Religious Studies, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies).
- Current number of research students: 55.
- Recent publications:
- Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967 - Professor Rory Miller;
- Investing in the Middle East: The Political Economy of European Direct Investment in Egypt - Dr Ashraf Mishrif;
- Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years - new edited volume by Professor Rory Miller.
- Current research projects:
- Europe and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
- Europe and the Middle East: Trade, Society & Peace.
- Turkey, Israel and the United States.
- Islamic Radicalism in Europe.
- Anti-Zionism in the Modern World.
- Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Our students have gone into teaching, journalism, or the financial sector, diplomatic service and NGOs.
Head of group/division
Professor Rory Miller
Expected to be: PhD three years FT, four-six years PT; MPhil two years FT, three years PT, September to September, January to January or April to April.
Year of entry 2013
School of Arts and Humanities
Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Programme
None. Students interested in applying to funding should be aware that deadlines for this differ and may be earlier, therefore applicants should view the Graduate Funding Pages at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx
for more information.
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2736
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Our research programme offers a unique and exciting environment for the in-depth study of the varied aspects of the Mediterranean and Middle East. The programme has attracted students from all over the Middle East and Mediterranean (including Egypt, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Bahrain and Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates), as well as Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States. Students are carrying out research in areas as diverse as the Middle East Peace process, the history of Zionism, Greek-Turkish foreign relations, Euro-Arab and Euro-Mediterranean political and economic relations; Israel's foreign and domestic policy; and the foreign policy of the Arab world; Social change in Kuwaiti Society, UAE National Security Policy.
Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups
Euro-Arab trade relations; FDI & economic growth; inward investment attraction & facilitation; global strategies for multinational enterprises; internationalization of small & medium sized businesses.
History of Religions (intellectual history of the modern Muslim world; Islam in Southeast Asia); Islamic Studies (contemporary thought in the Muslim world; Islam in global and transnational contexts); Southeast Asian Studies (European expansion in Southeast Asia; Islamization in Southeast Asia; Religion in Southeast Asia); Study of Religions (Islamic Studies as an academic specialisation, theory and method; philosophy of religion); travel writing (historical travel accounts on Southeast Asia).
+44 (0)20 7848 1795
+44 (0)20 7848 2325
Clemens Sedmak works in three areas:
social ethics with a special emphasis on poverty research, theories of justice and aspects of social exclusion, having coordinated an interdisciplinary research group on "option for the poor" at the University of Salzburg
epistemology with a special focus on the relation between ethics and epistemology
philosophy of religion and religious studies, with a special interest in the social dimensions of religion and epistemological questions of religion.
+44 (0)20 7848 2510
The history and politics of the Middle East; US and Russian foreign policy; foreign policy issues in the Mediterranean.
020 7848 2325
Arab-Israeli conflict; Israeli foreign policy; US & the Middle East.
Religion and society in Western and Eastern Europe, in particular in post-communist societies;
New religious movements;
Religion and migration;
Religion, ethnicity and nationhood;
Religion, violence, and conflict;
Religion law, and human rights
+44 (0)20 7848 2637
Dr Kerr’s research interests include power-sharing and third party intervention in divided societies, civil war and peace processes. He is offering a new specialist MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies. Dr Kerr is the author of several books and his current research projects focus on revolution and civil war in Lebanon, Northern Ireland and Iran. Keywords: Lebanon; Middle East; Northern Ireland; Unionism; Divided Societies; Ethnic Conflict Regulation; Power-Sharing.
+44 (0)20 7848 2656
His fields of interest are EU and US Policy in the Middle East and wider Mediterranean, as well as the history of Zionism and anti-Zionism and Irish foreign policy in the Middle East. He is also the author or editor of a number of books on these subjects.
+44 (0)20 7848 2535
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
A Masters degree in a subject appropriate to the course. In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a first class or 2:1 first degree and extensive relevant experience may be considered for entry. Equivalent overseas qualifications are acceptable. If applicants do not already hold a master's level degree, we recommend taking one of our MA programmes before undertaking research work.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
You are encouraged to contact us before applying to discuss your proposed research project, though interviews are not compulsory. Decisions on acceptance into our research programme will be made on the basis of references and submitted research proposal. Admission will initially be for the MPhil but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, usually one year, by agreement with their supervisor and the Departmental Postgraduate and Research Committee.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
No information required.
AHRC, Graduate School and School of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries, self-funded. Overseas students with sponsorship often receive it from bodies in their own countries.
For further information, please see our postgraduate funding page: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/mems/study/funding/index.aspx
Middle East & Mediterranean Studies Research MPhil/PhD
I chose King’s for my PhD studies because it has an outstanding international reputation in Middle Eastern Studies. My research uses the political theories of Antonio Gramsci to analyse the Egyptian Islamist movement. I found that King’s was one of the most receptive universities to this interdisciplinary approach, which was a definite pull factor for why I chose to study here.
For me personally, the supervision at King’s has been outstanding. In both a personal and professional capacity, I have found the teaching staff to be especially approachable and helpful in their conduct. A stand out experience for me has been the opportunity to teach history alongside my PhD studies. This has given me a new perspective on what it means to work in academia, and how to learn to balance the research/teaching workload; which is essential for life after the PhD.
Next year when I complete my thesis, I intend to build on this teaching experience and my research by hopefully getting a postdoctoral position at a university in the UK. My one piece of advice to give prospective students who are considering King’s as a place to study would be to throw yourself into every possible opportunity – seminars, teaching, conferences. Everything!