Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Prospective postgraduates

Our postgraduate research degrees offer the opportunity for focused research in Middle Eastern topics or interdisciplinary study across the University.

IMES provides postgraduate training through a number of degrees designed to suit the interests of students with a variety of career goals. UK and international students find the range of academic topics we offer, as well as the significant resources and opportunities available in the University and the historic setting of Edinburgh, provide a compelling reason for pursuing postgraduate study in our MSc or PhD programmes.

IMES degrees offer opportunities for interdisciplinary study with complementary subject areas across the university. Our postgraduate students currently comprise an international group researching a wide range of topics. Postgraduates take part in a vibrant student life, including seminars, talks, conferences and collaborations within IMES and across the university.

Recent postgraduates have gone on to find employment in international organisations, the private sector, as well as securing posts in prominent universities and research institutes among other positions.

Taught programmes

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Our Masters Taught degrees allow you to study the societies and cultures of the region in depth from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Research programmes

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IMES contains a wealth of academic expertise to draw upon should you decide to pursue a research degree.

Former students

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Hear what some of our recent graduates have gone on to do with their postgraduate degrees.