• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
In the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies programme offered by The University of Edinburgh you will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, modern politics and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the various disciplines within this field.

Overview

Recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for research and undergraduate and postgraduate study, our department is well resourced. We are home to the Alwaleed Centre, part of an international network of centres devoted to the promotion of better mutual understanding between the World of Islam and the West. We boast an impressive library of current and archival material.

The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays. You will complete one compulsory course, two research courses and three option courses over two semesters, followed by an independently researched dissertation.

Your option courses can be chosen from within IMES or from other disciplines such as history, divinity, politics or international relations. You may also take additional language courses in introductory Persian, Turkish or Arabic.

Career opportunities

The aim of this programme is to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance to doctoral study, and perhaps an academic career. You may also choose to apply your skills to a role that involves the Islamic community, or use your transferable communication, research and other skills in an unrelated area.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Research Skills and Methods in IMES
  • Research Methods and Problems in IMES
  • Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East
  • Gender and Media in the Arab World
  • Cinema and Society in the Middle East
  • Muslims in Britain: Migration, Faith and Identity
  • Of Wine, Love and Loss: Reading Iran through Classical Persian Literature
  • The Qur'an - Islam's Holy Book
  • The Syrian War and the Strategic Meltdown of the Middle East
  • Modern Persian Literature and 'Modern' Iran
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nations in Collision

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22850 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time fees per year
  • Home/EU: £5,650
  • International: £11,425

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures scholarships
  • UK government postgraduate loans: If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status.

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