Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


Join a diverse community of PhD students making an original research contribution to the field of knowledge in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES).

What to do before you apply for a PhD in IMES

Before you formally apply for a PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) through the University of Edinburgh’s online system, you are advised to acquaint yourself with the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies so that you are confident we are the best place for you to undertake your research.

We would usually expect candidates to take the following steps before applying for a PhD: 

Step one

Have a look at the research interests and expertise of our staff under Who can supervise your PhD. While you do not need to find a member of staff willing to supervise your project before applying, please do take some time to read over staff members’ profiles, research interests, and publications, to ensure that your project is something we can effectively supervise. We are much more likely to supervise a project if it closely relates to our own expertise and research interests, and often have to reject candidates with strong applications because their proposed project falls outside our areas of specialisation.

Step two

Following our guidelines, write a draft PhD proposal detailing your research project. This will enable us to evaluate the general and specific areas of your research interests, the originality and importance of your topic, and the feasibility of the proposed project within the given timescale. 

Step three 

Download and complete our personal information form and email it, together with the research proposal (see step 2, above) and transcripts of your degrees, to Dr Anthony Gorman.


Please note that these documents are not assessed. We request them so that we can offer useful comments on your proposed topic and research outline, and so that you do not have to send us a full Curriculum Vitae (CV). We strongly encourage you to incorporate our feedback into your final application, which you submit to the University via its online system. We value your privacy and will hold your information in line with the University of Edinburgh’s Privacy Policy for Applicants. 

Formal application

You can find out more about language requirements, facilities, fees, funding opportunities and application deadlines for this PhD programme, and formally apply to study on it, on the University of Edinburgh’s online Degree Finder.

Take me to the University of Edinburgh's Degree Finder entry for the PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Get in touch

For further information, or if you have any queries, please contact Dr Anthony Gorman.

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