Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM222: Research Assistant in Middle East Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Lise Storm (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Research assistants work in a wide range of fields in the social sciences and humanities. They are usually based in university departments and work on projects either alone or collaboratively with colleagues at the same institution or at another university. The hours of work are generally flexible as they tend to be determined by the individual/the team depending on the needs of the project.

This module will enable you to work as a research assistant for a research active member of staff at the IAIS. All research active members of staff not on leave will define 1-2 small projects to be carried out as part of their current research profile. Students interested in taking the course will apply to the DoE, who will discuss suitable applicants with the research active members of staff, who will choose 1-2 research assistants. The application consists of a 1-page covering letter and a 2-page cv, which form part of the formative assessment for the course. Acceptance onto the module is, in other words, competitive.

The module provides you with an opportunity to embark on an original, independent research project under the guidance of a project manager. You will reflect on the process of adapting the academic skills you have acquired so far to the practical world via the project. In other words, the module will allow you to develop an understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of an MA in Middle East Studies can be extended to relevant work-based skills and knowledge in a reflective way, while giving you an understanding of an academic work environment through practical activities and enabling you to gain experience in the application of relevant methods and technologies.

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