MRes Ottoman Studies

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This programme is designed to introduce you to the state of the field in current research on Ottoman history, cultural studies and allied disciplines. It comprises a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and taught elements which provide appropriate training in the use of original sources, both narrative and documentary, in Ottoman Turkish.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: September


The programme is made up of 60 credits of taught modules (see the modules section below)  and 120 credits achieved through a 20,000 word supervised research project on topic of your choice in Ottoman Studies. 

In addition to developing professional skills in identifying and analysing key methodological and interpretative trends in Ottoman Studies, you gain experience in carrying out original research using primary sources.

The course may be taken as a self-standing degree or as the first stage of research training towards the three year PhD programme in Ottoman Studies.


  • Methodologies of Ottoman Studies (20/40 credits)
  • Ottoman Language and selected historical texts (20 / 40 credits)
  • Ottoman Historical Sources (20 / 40 credits)
  • Aspects of Ottoman History 1300-1800 (20 / 40 credits)
  • Aspects of Great Power Rivalry in the East Mediterranean 1850-2000 (40 credits)

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £4,052 full-time; £2,026 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,195 full-time; £6,597.50 part-time

For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.

Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.

Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.

Learn more about postgraduate tuituion fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

Applicants will typically have a background in studying the history of this era.

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

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Making your application

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Learning and teaching

The Ottoman Studies MRes forms part of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (CBOMGS) which is the only centre in the UK which brings all of these subjects together within a single unit. CBOMGS aims to provide a stimulating environment for cross-disciplinary research and inter-cultural dialogue for the wider research community, meaning that you’ll benefit from the insight of academic staff and peers from across the College of Arts and Law.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Related research


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Ottoman Studies can boast a wide combination of skills that can be applied in many types of work and which employers regard very positively. That’s why historically, over 92% of our postgraduates have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.