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.

Choose from a range of four-year degrees in:

  • Arabic
  • Islamic Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Persian

Single and joint honours combinations are available, with the opportunity to study abroad. 

We also teach Turkish to intermediate level. 

Take a taught or research programme, with degrees ranging from a one-year masters in  the Globalised Muslim World to our PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. 

Open Language courses in Arabic, together with Japanese and a range of European languages, are free to all University of Edinburgh students. You can take one at any stage of your undergraduate or postgraduate programme. Each course lasts one semester and can be taken for 20 credits or for extra credit, depending on your other study commitments. Classes are suitable for complete beginners.

Find out more about Open Language courses

QS World Rankings by Subject 2021

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK, and 11th in the world, for Arts & Humanities. 

By subject, we are also placed 3rd in the UK for modern languages; 13th in the world.

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, along with research citations.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

Browse the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 on Top Universities

Muslim children

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

Promoting a better understanding of Islam and Islamic culture through ground-breaking research and innovative outreach projects.

Visit the Alwaleed Centre website