Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate study | Middle Eastern Studies

Explore the Middle East from an interdisciplinary perspective, advancing your critical and analytical skills.

Why take Middle Eastern Studies in Edinburgh?

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Located at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East is the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, among other religions. Since the beginning of civilisation, it has been a region of enormous economic and strategic importance, placing it at the centre of much of world history and culture, as well as modern politics.

Taking an interdisciplinary Area Studies approach to the region, our undergraduate MA Honours programme aims to develop your interest, knowledge and understanding of the Middle East, past and present, including its languages, literatures, cultures, history, and politics.

Edinburgh has a well-established international reputation for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) and is ranked sixth in the UK for Middle Eastern & African Studies in the Complete University Guide 2022.

Study with us and you’ll be part of a friendly community of staff and students, with great links to the Alwaleed Centre, fantastic resources, a thriving student Islamic Society, and a regular programme of workshops, film screenings and guest seminars, all within a School passionate about languages, literatures and cultures from around the globe. 

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