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Middle East in Global Politics: Islam, Conflict and Development (MSc)

Middle East in Global Politics: Islam, Conflict and Development (MSc)

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | 03-OCT-22

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

03-OCT-22

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Islamic Studies Conflict Management (Business) Middle East: Politics Politics War Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our MSc Middle East in Global Politics: Islam, Conflict and Development will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and politics of the Middle East and Islam, while honing your ability to make well-informed, critical analyses of the region in the context of global politics.

The programme has its theoretical foundations in international relations and political science, using these as tools to explore and analyse the region's domestic and international politics and current concerns, including sectarianism and persistent authoritarianism. Particular attention is given to the intersection between Islam, conflict and development.

Recognising that Islam is at the centre of urgent discussions and disputes today, the programme looks into key issues including Muslim identity, religious extremism and violence, and the impact of American foreign policy in the region, including the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the ongoing conflict within Syria. The programme also uses interdisciplinary scholarship to help you make comprehensive, balanced analyses of contemporary Islam and the Middle East in relation to the UK and the world.

The core modules explore the domestic political structures and international relations of countries in the Middle East, and how ideas of ethnicity and nationalism generate identities as well as tension and conflict, or how theories and institutions of global governance have arisen in response to the impact of globalisation. You go on to choose two option modules from a wide variety of topics including international security, American foreign policy, globalisation, political theory and sociology, nationalism and religion, and war and conflict. You will also learn research techniques that will enable you to specialise and write a dissertation on the subject that interests you most.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in international organisations/NGOs, policy research, political forecasting, national and supranational service, and journalism. Possible professions include journalist, Civil Service fast streamer, politician’s assistant, or Diplomatic Services operational officer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a social researcher or human resources officer.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Modules

This module considers the multiple tensions between transnational networks and territorial sovereignty, offering an overview of key concepts such as governance, development, security, networks, humanitarianism, justice, legitimacy and geopolitics as they apply to the world today. It challenges the idea of global governance as a residual term for all attempts at policy-making beyond the state, and instead focuses on the de-centralised, non-hierarchical and soft-law approaches that have dominated international decision-making since the 1970s, but especially in the run-up to, and aftermath of, the global financial crisis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,030

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

16,380

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in humanities or social science, though other qualifications may be considered.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more

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