Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Alhamdullillah, an excerpt from the Holy Qur'an

Discover why Edinburgh is UK and internationally recognised as a leading institution for studying Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies.

Students reading

Choose from a range of four-year degrees in four main areas: Arabic; Islamic Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; and Persian. Single and joint honours combinations available, with the opportunituy to study abroad. We also teach Turkish to intermediate level. 

Students working together

Focus on area studies, or a combination of intensive language study with the interdisciplinary exploration of societies and cultures. Taught and research pathways available, with degrees ranging from one-year masters to PhDs.

Student with books

Essential information for both current undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Muslim children

Meet the IMES staff and find out about our areas of expertise and research interests.

Islamic painting

IMES degrees include a range of single and joint-honours degrees, based in language study (Arabic) and area studies (Middle Eastern Studies).

Help us shape a brand new programme on the Globalised Muslim World

We are looking at developing an on-campus Masters programme exploring the Globalised Muslim World. The programme would be aimed at students with relevant academic experience in Islamic Studies, Political Science, Sociology or Religious Studies who are seeking to deepen their knowledge of the contemporary Muslim world. If you are interested in this programme, we'd be grateful if you could complete our short survey. Your feedback will help shape the content and structure of this new programme and there is an opportunity to leave your contact details so that we can keep you up to date on developments.

Take our short survey on SurveyMonkey