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Middle Eastern Studies Research MPhil/PhD

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  • Research income: The Department of Middle Eastern 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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Middle Eastern Studies



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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 Jeroen Gunning

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions Team tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2736 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

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Entry requirements

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

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Once the final deadline passes for a start month in 2018, we will open the applications for the corresponding month in 2019. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.  

  • April 2018 entry – Application deadline: 18th February 2018 for Overseas/Home/EU students
  • September 2018 entry – Application deadline: 27th July 2018 for Overseas students and 31st August for Home/EU students
  • January 2019 entry – Application deadline: 26th October 2018 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • April 2019 entry – Application deadline: 15th February 2019 for Overseas/Home/EU students

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Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees: £4,800 per annum

Part time tuition fees: £2,400 per annum

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per annum

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per annum

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

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


International Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees:  £17,850

Part time tuition fees: £8,925

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £18,740

Part time tuition fees: £9,370

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


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