12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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On 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, society and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the various disciplines within this field.

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The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies programme offered by The University of Edinburgh  combines:

  • a course in critical readings
  • training in research skills and methods
  • option courses spanning a wide range of specialisms
  • optional language learning

You will be supported to closely and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources on a range of relevant subjects.

You will learn and be assessed through a combination of:

  • seminar work
  • oral presentations
  • essays
  • a dissertation

Why Edinburgh

With over 260 years of history in teaching and research in this subject area, we are globally recognised as a leading centre for the study of the Islamic Middle East.

Our research resources and facilities are outstanding. We have a dedicated Islamic Library and our Main University Library houses over 23,000 IMES resources, including the Serjeant and Watt Collections.

We are the home of the Alwaleed Centre, part of a select network in the UK, USA and the Middle East aiming to promote a better understanding of Islam and Islamic culture through ground-breaking research and innovative outreach projects.

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 pursue an academic career.

You may also choose to apply your skills to a role that involves the Middle Eastern or Islamic communities, or use your transferable communication, research, and other skills in a range of sectors including education, journalism, communication, research, and others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Research Skills and Methods in IMES
  • Research Methods and Problems in IMES  
  • International Relations Theory
  • The Middle East in International Relations
  • From diatribe to dialogue in Christian-Muslim relations
  • Gender and Media in the Arab World
  • Digital Islamic Art History
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Globalized Muslim Politics
  • Muslims in Europe
  • Muslim Societies in Southeast Asia
  • Islamic Africa
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nations in Collision

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time fees per year
  • Home: £6,250
  • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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



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