- 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
- a dissertation
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.
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.
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- 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
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Ethnic Studies Political Science View 639 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United Kingdom
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
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International25300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National12500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home: £6,250
- International/EU: £12,650
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.