Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

MRes MRES Humanities (Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMRes MRES Humanities (Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies) Programme codePTR1HPSHPS13
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2013

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

This one-year degree is designed to further develop your knowledge in relation to Middle East and Islamic Studies whilst also strengthening your research skills through directed independent study and discipline specific research methods training. In order to successfully complete the programme, you will need strong research skills, an ability to work independently.

Unlike the MRes in Middle Eastern Studies, the MRes in Humanities (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies) is designed for those wishing to complete research in the arts and humanities. The skills gained from writing a substantial dissertation, compiling accurate and reasoned bibliographies and pursuing guided reading with a senior academic, provide the necessary grounding for both pursuit of doctoral study and/or a career as a professional researcher.

Teaching takes place over two semesters (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September).

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To enable students who have already completed undergraduate study of the Middle East and Islam (or have equivalent knowledge, understanding and skills) to develop both their subject specific knowledge and understanding and their research skills, through the directed independent study and discipline specific research methods training
2. To provide students with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Master’s level research within the discipline.
3. To equip students for careers as professional researchers in either academic or non-academic environments and, where appropriate, to prepare students for doctoral study
4. To offer students with advanced Middle East and Islamic Studies skills (particularly language skills and skills in interdisciplinary analysis) to complete a detailed and advanced piece of research through a period of guided independent study under the supervision of a qualified expert.

4. Programme Structure

This research based Master’s programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is university-based throughout that period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total, and includes 45 credits of research training modules either in Middle East and Islamic Studies generally, or in the discipline most relevant to the student’s chosen area of research.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

Stage 1


Teaching takes place over two semesters (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). The syllabus therefore consists of three research training and methodology modules (two subject specific to Middle East and Islamic Studies, one discipline specific), one independent reading module and an extended dissertation.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARAM190 Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 15No
ARAM191 Evaluative Bibliographical Diary for Middle East and Islamic Studies 15No
ARA3888E Independent Study 30No
Total Credits for Stage 1

180


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. demonstrate an ability to analyse source material in Middle East and Islamic studies in detail and with appropriate sophistication in their chosen area of specialism through completion of modules ARAM190, ARAM191 and ARAM194
2. demonstrate an ability to compose research plans with an expert in their chosen specialism and complete this plan through a independent guided study through completion of modules ARAM190, ARAM191, ARAM194 and ARAM195
3. demonstrate a general awareness of the methodological issues related both the interdisciplinary subject area of Middle East and Islamic Studies and the discipline most relevant to their chosen academic specialism through completion of modules ARAM190 and ARAM195
4. where appropriate, demonstrate an ability to use as a research tool within their research specialism, at the appropriate level, a Middle Eastern language through completion of ARAM194 and ARAM194.

Teaching takes place over two semesters (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September).

Points 2 and 4 of the programme outcomes are developed through attending one-to-one supervision sessions with an expert member of staff through which independent reading modules (ARAM194), bibliographic training modules (ARAM191) and a dissertation (ARAM195) are completed.

One-to-one supervision sessions with an expert member of staff, seminars and lectures on methodological elements of the area of study and the development of an integrated and coherent research plan with a designated expert supervisor.

Through short exercises required by methodology modules, extended essays based on these research plan and by a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. demonstrate an awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of Middle East and Islamic Studies and the appropriateness of particular methodologies within research in its various sub-fields through completion of module ARAM190.
6. demonstrate an ability to apply an understanding of arts, humanities and social science approaches to research, and to apply an appropriate research methodology to the study of specific elements of Middle East and Islamic Studies through completion of ARAM190, ARAM191, ARAM194 and ARAM195.
7. demonstrate an ability to develop research programmes and complete them through independent guided research under the supervision of an expert through completion of module ARAM194 and ARAM195.
8. demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and evaluate research questions and research problems through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.
9. demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness and apply a number of techniques to exploring different research issues through completion of modules ARAM190, ARAM191 and ARAM194
10. demonstrate an ability to collect, synthesise, evaluate and analyse data from various different sources through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.
11. demonstrate an ability to identify the data requirements of particular research projects, and evaluate the different data capture techniques available for this purpose through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.
12. demonstrate an ability to develop clear lines of argument through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.
13. demonstrate an ability to plan, conduct a programme of original research by a deadline through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.

Points 5 and 6 of the programme outcomes are developed primarily through seminar discussion and assignments on the 45 credits of research methods modules (ARAM190 and ARAM191).

Points 7-11 and 13 are acquired through the development of an integrated and coherent research plan with a designated expert supervisor and through individual supervision sessions (ARAM194 and ARAM195).

Point 12 is developed through all the core and optional elements of the degree programme (ARAM190, ARAM191, ARAM194 and ARAM195).

One-to-one supervision sessions with an expert member of staff, seminars and lectures on methodological elements of the area of study and the development of an integrated and coherent research plan with a designated expert supervisor.

Through short exercises required by methodology modules, extended essays based on these research plan and by a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

14. demonstrate an ability to think independently at an advanced level through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195
15. demonstrate an ability to plan work efficiently to achieve realistic goals within constrained time frames through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.
16. demonstrate an ability to construct and defend a sustained argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.
17. demonstrate an ability to work as an individual on challenging material through completion of modules ARAM194 and ARAM195.

Points 14 and 16 of the programme outcomes are developed through attending modules comprising seminars (ARAM190), lectures (ARAM190) and tutorials (ARAM191, ARAM194 and ARAM195) and through completing the required assessment for these modules.

One-to-one supervision sessions with an expert member of staff, seminars and lectures on methodological elements of the area of study and the development of an integrated and coherent research plan with a designated expert supervisor.

Through short exercises required by methodology modules, extended essays based on these research plan and by a dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

N/A

18. Final Award

MRes MRES Humanities (Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies)

19. UCAS Code

C859

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Area studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

29/09/2008

Date of last revision

21/10/2009