Masters in Islamic and West Asian Studies

Masters in Islamic and West Asian Studies

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Deadline: 15 June 2017
Open to: applicants whose proposed research focuses on the broad theme of Islam, the West, and extremism
Benefits: tuition fees and a contribution towards maintenance

Description

Applications are invited for eight studentships to be awarded for a Masters by Research Programme in Islamic and West Asian Studies. The Masters by Research Programme in Islamic and West Asian Studies is a 12- month research-based postgraduate programme which is assessed entirely on the research dissertation (maximum 40,000 words). It is intended to give you scope to explore your area of interest in depth, test out a possible research topic, and learn the skills of extended scholarly writing. This is an attractive advanced qualification which is particularly suitable if you are seeking a career in academic research and as a first step towards a PhD.

We are seeking applicants whose proposed research focuses on the broad theme of Islam, the West, and extremism. Relevant historical and contemporary issues include:

  • Islam and the West (the Muslim diaspora, its coexistence with ‘others’ in the West);
  • Islamic responses to radicalism;
  • Islam and ethics (human rights; ethics, medical ethics and Islamic jurisprudence, women’s rights);
  • Spirituality in Islam (Islamic arts, rituals);
  • Islamic authority in an age of Western Dominance.

We particularly welcome proposals that focus on under-researched Islamic topics, such as that of the Twelver Shiites. 

Eligibility

  • A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or overseas equivalent;
  • Applicants for whom English is not a first language need an IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub scores;
  • A research proposal that relates to this year’s theme;
  • Two letters of reference.

Benefits

The studentship covers tuition fees and a contribution towards maintenance. A summer Arabic-language programme in Beirut will be available for some students, as will Farsi language instruction in London.

How to apply?

Please apply by filling out this on-line form.

For more information please visit the official website.

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