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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East

Programme code:MA-IR&PMEUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Hugh Dyer Contact address:h.c.dyer@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- Good honours degree (upper second or above) or equivalent in a related area.
- English Language in line with current POLIS requirements

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Politics and International Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Politics and International Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

School of Politics and International Studies

Programme specification:

The programme fills an important gap in regional MA provision. It directly addresses the complex nature of the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East enabling students to gain an oversight of internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations. Covering a range of approaches from the disciplines of Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations it addresses the security, economic, identity and political dynamics of the region. The programme is of interest to students / practitioners wishing to study these issues in more depth and to make comparisons across the region.

Since the MA is interdisciplinary, it occupies a bridging position within POLIS and, through the wide range of optional modules, draws upon the School’s rich diversity of approach and experience, as well as relevant modules from the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. Finally, the programme is both academically cutting-edge and policy relevant at a time when the Middle East is undergoing radical change.

Progression rules for all POLIS MA programmes

1) Proceed to dissertation:
Students can proceed straight to dissertation if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in a minimum of 90 credits (including all compulsory modules for that programme) AND if they have an overall credit weighted average of at least 50%. If there are any failed modules then one re-sit opportunity per failed module will be offered.

2) Proceed to dissertation suspended until 1) achieved:
Students who achieve 50% or above in a minimum of 60 but fewer than 90 credits will be suspended from progressing to dissertation until after their re-sits have been taken and the criteria in 1) have been achieved. Once the student has achieved the criteria in 1) they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity which is usually in the next academic year.

3) Cannot proceed to dissertation or MA, re-registered on PG Diploma:
Students will not be allowed to proceed to dissertation or the MA, and will subsequently be re-registered on the PGDip if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in fewer than 60 credits. There will be one re-sit opportunity offered for each failed module for a maximum award of a PGDiploma to be obtained.



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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsorary modules.


PIED5410MContemporary Politics of the Middle East30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 31 Aug

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5512MInsurgency30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5570MTerrorism30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5578MTheoretical Approaches in International Relations30 credits1 Jan to 31 May

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