Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Where might Persian take you?

Career opportunities for Persian graduates.

Persian is the main language of more than 120 million people in the Middle East and Central Asia, ranking it among the world’s 20 most widely spoken.

An advanced understanding of Persian (known as Farsi in Iran, Dari in Afghanistan and Tajik in Tajikistan), and the cultures to which it opens doors, is an excellent primer for a range of careers in the diplomatic and civil services, non-governmental organisations, and industry.

With increasing migration in response to changing global dynamics, there is demand for Persian-speaking graduates both at home and abroad, including in translation, interpreting, the media and education.

There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level, with the honours years in particular developing the research skills you’ll need if you choose this path.


Find out more and apply

There’s lots of information about our undergraduate Persian and Arabic programmes on the University of Edinburgh website. For example, you can find out about entrance requirements, English language requirements, fees, and funding opportunities.

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If you’d like to study on any of our undergraduate programmes, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

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