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 opportunity to study abroad. We also teach Turkish to intermediate level. 

Muslim children

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

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.

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

Visit the Alwaleed Centre website

QS World Rankings by Subject 2020

QS World Rankings by Subject 2020

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages and Arts & Humanities. 

Globally, we’ve climbed five places in Modern Languages to 12th in the world. 

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are the only rankings to have received International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approval.

Browse the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 on Top Universities