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Middle Eastern Studies Research MPhil/PhD



  • 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: 9.

  • Current number of research students: 60.

  • Recent publications:

    • Memory and Conflict in Lebanon: Remembering and Forgetting the Past - Dr Craig Larkin

    • Lebanon: After the Cedar Revolution - Professor Michael Kerr (co-edited with Dr Are Knudsen - Christen Michelson Institute)

    • 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.

Key information

Duration 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.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Institute of Middle Eastern Studies


Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum requirements:

  • A Master's degree at Distinction or Merit level  (or international equivalent) in a subject appropriate to the course is usually required.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or international  equivalent) and extensive relevant experience may be considered for entry. 

If applicants do not already hold a Master's level degree, we recommend taking one of our MA programmes before undertaking research work.

Application procedure

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 and supporting information

No information required.

Course intake


Application closing date

There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.


Course detail


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.

Course study environment

Graduate students in Middle East & Mediterranean Studies work closely with their supervisors, who encourage the submission of thesis chapters on a regular basis.

Postgraduate training

We offer a research seminar series, and students can attend MA lectures, subject to agreement of the relevant teacher.

Head of group/division

Professor Michael Kerr

Contact for information

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA) tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2736 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Contact email

Course website

Career prospects

Career destinations

Our students have gone into teaching, journalism, or the financial sector, diplomatic service and NGOs.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,600 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,300 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Overseas

£8,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee maybe be subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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