Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


Join a diverse community of PhD students making an original research contribution to the field of knowledge in IMES.

What to do before you apply for a PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Before you formally apply for a PhD through the University of Edinburgh’s online system, you will likely find it beneficial to get to know us first so that you are confident we’re the best place for you to undertake your research. We would usually expect candidates to take the following steps before applying for a PhD: 

  1. Have a look at the research interests and expertise of our staff by following the links under 'Who can supervise your PhD' (above). 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Andreas Görke.  

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.

Get in touch

For further information, or if you have any queries, please contact Dr Andreas Görke

Dr Andreas Görke

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies

  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • University of Edinburgh

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