The MSc in African Studies is a three-term, nine-month course designed both as a stand-alone interdisciplinary introduction to current debates about Africa, and as a preparation for doctoral research on Africa. This advanced degree programme provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to expand their knowledge of African Studies, prior to working for NGOs, the civil service, international organizations, and the media, or in other professional capacities.
There are four components to the MSc degree in African Studies:
The 1+1 programme is a unique, two-year postgraduate experience which offers you the opportunity to combine the depth of our specialised, one-year MSc with the breadth of Saïd Business School’s top-ranking, one-year MBA. As a result, you will embark from Oxford with the skills to translate specific domain knowledge into practical and innovative solutions to the many challenges facing our 21st Century world.
From 2017/18, the MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies is a three-term, twelve-month course designed to provide high quality graduate research training with an emphasis on an appreciation of research methods and on deepening your understanding of contemporary China.
You will develop or extend your knowledge and understanding of:
From 2017/18, the MPhil Modern Chinese Studies is a two-year master's degree programme offered jointly by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies which combines intensive study of the Chinese language with thorough training in the study of modern China.
The MSc in Japanese Studies is a twelve month masters programme that provides students with a combination of courses about Japan, mainly the social sciences, an intensive language programme and a research methods course. It culminates with a 12,000 word dissertation submitted by 1st September.
Native speakers of Japanese or those with native speaker competence are also encouraged to apply for a place on the programme.
It is taught by full time members of the Nissan and Oriental Institutes and all the courses are designed for masters level students.
Students who successfully complete the MSc year, may progress to the second, MPhil year, during which they will do an advanced research methods course, a further language course, one more course about Japan (two in the case of those who do not take the language course), and a 30,000 word thesis to be handed in by 12 noon on Monday of the fourth week of Trinity Term.
The primary aim of the MPhil programme is to prepare students for subsequent doctoral work but it is also appropriate preparation for a wide range of careers.
This is a nine-month programme which spans three academic terms.
The programme is intended to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of the main developments in Latin America since c1900 to the present. While the programme emphasises the specific features of individual countries, there is also broad comparative coverage of major trends such as authoritarianism and democracy, the economic cycle, the effect of international factors, the evolution of the Left and Right, revolutionary movements, and the effects of neo-liberal economic models.
This is a twenty-one-month programme which spans six academic terms, plus a field work project in Latin America (up to 3 months).
This programme allows students to develop an individual research project informed by interdisciplinary teaching at the LAC and a period of fieldwork in Latin America. The programme is ideally suited to those students considering an academic or research-focused career, and is an excellent training for a doctoral degree.
The MSc in Modern Modern Middle Eastern Studies is a new 12-month, taught master's course, offered by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, which offers research training for students already familiar with the Middle East region and its languages. The course provides a common foundation in the methods and disciplines relevant to the study of the Middle East.
The MSc in Russian and East European Studies is a 9 month programme for graduates who are interested in gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of Russia and Eastern Europe through the study of the region across a range of disciplines.
These courses will introduce the key issues and debates of the region. Students will receive training in relevant qualitative and quantitative methodologies to enable them to carry out research and writing for their 15,000 word thesis. The course also provides the opportunity for students to participate in Russian Language classes.
The MPhil in Russian and East European Studies is a two year programme for graduates who are interested in gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of Russia and Eastern Europe through the study of the region across a range of disciplines. In the first year students will usually take 3 core courses on contemporary issues which will introduce them to the key issues and debates of the region.
In the second year students are able to specialise their knowledge through the choice of two special subjects courses.
The MSc in Modern South Asian Studies is an exciting 12-month degree bringing together Oxford’s wealth of expertise on the different states, societies, economies and cultures of South Asia within a single programme. Students gain access to teaching and expert supervision across departments, the ability to combine courses in both the social sciences and the humanities, rigorous training in one of three tailored modules in research methods, and the option to build in language training. You will graduate with skills and understanding that will give you a competitive edge as you pursue your career beyond Oxford.
The MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies is an exciting two-year degree bringing together Oxford’s wealth of expertise on the different states, societies, economies and cultures of South Asia, within a single programme. There is also the option to build in intensive language training. Students gain access to teaching and expert supervision across departments, the ability to combine courses in both the social sciences and the humanities, and rigorous training in one of three tailored modules in research methods.