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Politics and Economics of the Middle East MA

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Our Politics and Economics of the Middle East MA explores the intersection of politics and economics in one of the most vital and interesting regions in the world. You will develop solid regional expertise in addition to the theoretical and methodological skills necessary for a career in political and economic analysis.

Key benefits

  • Unique in combining political economy and comparative politics with the study of the Middle East.
  • Enables students to analyse the politics and economics of the Middle East from a variety of different perspectives.
  • Located in one of the globally leading Departments on the study of politics and economics.
  • Provides a strong theoretical and methodological foundation in the social sciences.
  • Develop your critical and communication skills by presenting and disseminating research in written and oral forms, to classmates, tutors, and the wider academic community.
  • Opportunity to study Arabic, Turkish, Farsi or Hebrew through King's Modern Language Centre.
  • Enables students to explore political economy themes through specialist modules in the Department of Political Economy.
  • Vibrant Middle East research community at King's College London.
  • Located in the heart of London, the Department of Political Economy has a strong reputation for research-led teaching and links to industry.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module Typically 20 hours. 130 hours.
Dissertation module Approximately 4 dissertation workshops plus one-to-one dissertation consultations. Approximately 592 hours self-study and project work.

 

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Class participation
  • Dissertation

We assess the module Politics and Economics of the Middle East through essays and class participation. In other modules you may also be assessed by essays, Q&A's and class participation. The nature of assessment varies by module. The assessment of the dissertation module will be by a 1,000-word research proposal (10%) and a 10,000-word dissertation (90%).

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Politics and Economics of the Middle East (30 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will usually take Politics and Economics of the Middle East and three optional modules in your first year. In your second year, you will take your dissertation module, Dissertation – MA Politics and Economics of the Middle East, and a further two optional modules.

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take modules totalling 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (15 credits)
People, Protest and Mobilisation: Exploring Social Movement Theory (15 credits)
Islam, Politics and Society (15 credits)
Cities and Social Transformations in the Middle East (15 credits)
Sectarianism in the Middle East (15 credits)
Comparative Political Economy (15 credits)
Gender Politics and Public Policy (15 credits)
The Political Economy of Corruption (15 credits)
New Political Economy of the Media
Business and Politics
Up to 30 credits (out of the 90 credits of optional modules) from modules offered across the university, subject to approvals

Students may also take modules in a foreign language at level 6 or 7, up to a maximum of 15 credits. 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course provides you with the enhanced skills and qualifications which will allow you to excel in future employment and research in an increasingly important field. Our students have transferred the skills they have developed to careers in development organisations, the corporate or financial sector, the diplomatic service, international NGOs, civil society organisations or journalism. Some students have gone on to further research at King's College London.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs.

Funding

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15-credit taught module Typically 20 hours. 130 hours.
Dissertation module Approximately 4 dissertation workshops plus one-to-one dissertation consultations. Approximately 592 hours self-study and project work.

 

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Class participation
  • Dissertation

We assess the module Politics and Economics of the Middle East through essays and class participation. In other modules you may also be assessed by essays, Q&A's and class participation. The nature of assessment varies by module. The assessment of the dissertation module will be by a 1,000-word research proposal (10%) and a 10,000-word dissertation (90%).

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Politics and Economics of the Middle East (30 credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will usually take Politics and Economics of the Middle East and three optional modules in your first year. In your second year, you will take your dissertation module, Dissertation – MA Politics and Economics of the Middle East, and a further two optional modules.

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take modules totalling 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (15 credits)
People, Protest and Mobilisation: Exploring Social Movement Theory (15 credits)
Islam, Politics and Society (15 credits)
Cities and Social Transformations in the Middle East (15 credits)
Sectarianism in the Middle East (15 credits)
Comparative Political Economy (15 credits)
Gender Politics and Public Policy (15 credits)
The Political Economy of Corruption (15 credits)
New Political Economy of the Media
Business and Politics
Up to 30 credits (out of the 90 credits of optional modules) from modules offered across the university, subject to approvals

Students may also take modules in a foreign language at level 6 or 7, up to a maximum of 15 credits. 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course provides you with the enhanced skills and qualifications which will allow you to excel in future employment and research in an increasingly important field. Our students have transferred the skills they have developed to careers in development organisations, the corporate or financial sector, the diplomatic service, international NGOs, civil society organisations or journalism. Some students have gone on to further research at King's College London.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £25,950 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,975 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs.

Funding

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