Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Postgraduate study

Choose from a range of programmes taking either an Area Studies approach, or combining intensive language study with the interdisciplinary exploration of societies and cultures. Providing excellent teaching and supervision, we offer programmes ranging from one-year masters degrees (both taught and research-led) to PhDs.

What's it like to study here?

Students in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

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.

Join our community and you’ll be part of a friendly, international group with interests spanning the languages, history, culture, religion and politics of the Middle East and the wider Islamic world.

Highlights include regular seminars by staff, research students and visiting speakers, the annual W.M. Watt Lecture, and a wide range of cultural events, conferences and collaborations, helping you develop the fluency and confidence to operate at the highest professional and academic levels.

Our research resources and facilities are outstanding, and we have excellent links with a number of centres and networks, from the Alwaleed Centre and the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at the University of Edinburgh, to the Edinburgh Iranian Festival.

What can I study?

Degree Finder gives you in-depth information about what you can expect from each of our programmes, as well as advice on entrance requirements, start dates, fees and scholarship opportunities for that programme.

Applications open in October of the year before entry and close in July of the year of entry.

Applications to start a programme in September 2021 will open on 1st October 2020 and close at the end of July 2021.


Not sure which programme is right for you?

We're happy to help you decide between taught and research-led masters programmes.

Email us about postgraduate study in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies 

The programme was, for me, a genuinely life-changing experience. In its demanding but sympathetic environment, I went from basic spoken Palestinian Arabic to working on literary translations. But perhaps more importantly I found in IMES a department in which enthusiastic students had space to grow, flourish, and explore. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Dr Sarah Irving, MSc in Arab World Studies (now Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic) graduateOn completion of her MSc in 2013, Sarah gained a PhD with us and is now a Visiting Research Fellow on the Leiden University Crossroads project on Christians in Palestine

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