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Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES)

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
9700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh builds on your knowledge in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies or related fields and aims to develop and enhance your research skills and your skills in academic writing.


The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is ideal if you have a clear idea of the independent research you wish to undertake at masters level.

Why Edinburgh

With over 260 years of history in teaching and research, we are globally recognised as a leading centre for postgraduate study in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Our research resources and facilities are outstanding, and we have excellent links with a number of centres and networks, including the Alwaleed Centre and the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

You are not required to have any prior competence in a Middle Eastern language, but you will have the opportunity to take courses in Arabic, Persian or Turkish.

Programme Structure

Our expertise includes:

  • Language and literature: classical and modern Arabic literature, classical Persian literature, cultural transmission and translation between Arabic and Persian cultures
  • History and historiography: pre-Islamic Iran, early Islamic history, Ottoman history, modern history, in particular Iraq, Iran and Egypt; the Middle Eastern prison, the Middle Eastern press
  • Religion: early and classical Islam, Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis, Hadith, the biography of Muhammad, Sufism, Islam in the Ottoman Empire, contemporary religious authority
  • Contemporary Muslim politics: Islamism, sectarianism, social movements, comparative social and political change in the Muslim world
  • Arts and cultures of the Middle East, and of Muslim societies: particularly visual arts, cinema
  • Gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa, contemporary Arab media
  • Shi’ism: Shi’i history and contemporary Shi’ism in local and transnationalist perspective 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • MScR: A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.

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

    9700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees per year

  • Home: £4,850
  • 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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