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Persian Civilisation MSc

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MSc Persian Civilisation - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Persian Civilisation - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Contact information
Postgraduate Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4465
Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8432
Address: Graduate School
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Room 1.13, 50 George Square
Central Campus

The MSc in Persian Civilisation is an interdisciplinary programme that builds on a number of fields of study, including Classics, Ancient History, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies.

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have a first or upper second class degree or equivalent, ideally with a background in the Islamic and/or Middle Eastern studies or a background in ancient history or Middle Eastern civilizations.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 100 (at least 23 in all sections)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

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Programme description

The taught MSc in Persian Civilisation is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the extensive expertise across two Schools of the University in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the period c.800 BCE to the present day. The programme involves scholars with complementary interests in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean civilisation within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (SHCA) and the School of Literatures, Languages and Culture (LLC).

The programme provides a wide-ranging academic teaching and learning experience, one unique in the field of Persian studies, particularly for those who wish to engage with both the pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures of Iran, and for those wishing to combine research projects at postgraduate level with specialist methodological, theoretical, literary, and historiographical training.

Programme structure

The programme will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays culminating in a dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Through this programme you will acquire a strong understanding of theoretical and conceptual tools required to understand the disciplinary fields of Ancient History, Classics and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and an academically-based, independent and critical knowledge of Persian Civilisation in particular.

You will refine your abilities to engage critically and analytically with the significant literature and learn to undertake a sustained piece of independent research that demonstrates the research skills, training and knowledge you have acquired.

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