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Arab World Studies PhD

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Degree awarded
36 months, full-time
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
There is no limit on the number of places available.
How to apply

For details of how to apply, go to: Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

Middle Eastern Studies at Manchester offers exceptionally wide-ranging opportunities for research and advanced training in the history, politics, literatures, religious traditions and cultures of the Middle East. Training and research supervision in all major cultures (except Turkey) and periods of the region are delivered by experts whose publications contribute to their subject on an international level. The Department was awarded the role of hosting (together with Edinburgh and Durham) the national Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World ( CASAW) in 2006. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise a total of 60% of its research was deemed to be in the two top quality categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent).

CASAW regularly organises seminars, workshops and conferences, and offers some specialist training opportunities. Another major research centre, the Centre for Jewish Studies ( CJS), brings together a wide range of specialists from across the University, and a large and active body of graduate students working on various aspects of Jewish culture and history, including modern Israeli society. The Manchester Iranian History Academic Network ( MIHAN) organises seminars, workshops, and international conferences providing an intellectual and organisational framework for a sizeable and active group of graduate students working on Iranian history.

Research specialisms in Middle Eastern Studies and related subject areas include literature, gender, culture and history of the Arab countries (Salhi, Mostafa, Buckley), Islamic societies and practices, including Shiism (Buckley, Aishima), the modern and contemporary history of Iran, with a special focus on its politics and relations to other parts of the Middle East, to Europe, and to the US (Bast, Randjbar-Daemi), modern Israel and Palestine, and the emergence of Middle Eastern nationalisms (Behar), and Jewish literature, culture and thought from antiquity to modernity (Samely, Smithuis, Langton). Research profiles of the staff here mentioned will be found at: . Other areas of doctoral supervision can be offered or are available through inter-disciplinary collaboration. Manchester's experts in Middle Eastern Studies contribute to the public debate on contemporary cultural-religious issues in the UK, the analysis and contextualization of current affairs in the Middle East, and the understanding of gender roles and the relations between 'East' and 'West'. Manchester is the editorial home of the Journal of Semitic Studies ( JSS), an internationally renowned academic journal which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.


British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). AHRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the School website for further details.

The School also offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which will be posted on the School website in January.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031

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