Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies

Why choose Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh?

  • The University has a well-established reputation for teaching Islam and the history, culture, languages and literatures of the Middle East. Depending on your interests, you will have the option to learn Arabic, Persian or Turkish.

  • We are ranked 4th in the UK for Middle Eastern & African Studies in the Complete University Guide 2020.

  • Based at the heart of a world-leading festival city, you’ll benefit from great resources, including our research and outreach Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World.

Study abroad

Edinburgh is home to many Middle Eastern communities and this diversity really helps create a more immersive study experience.

Neil Robertson 4th year MA (Hons) Middle Eastern Studies
Neil Robertson 4th year MA (Hons) Middle Eastern Studies

Introducing Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies

Located at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East has played a pivotal role on the world stage from ancient times to the present.

Our programmes explore the region using either an Area Studies (Middle Eastern Studies) or Religious Studies (Islamic Studies) approach, with the added option to learn Arabic, Persian or Turkish.

You will engage with a range of subjects in Years 1 and 2, and specialise thereafter, choosing from a range of honours option courses spanning history, politics, religion, literature and culture.

Our emphasis is on developing your critical and analytical skills, so you will focus on discussing key issues, practice applying concepts - both in discussion and in writing - and learn to analyse and interpret source material. These are all great attributes for employability.

Our Islamic library holds nearly 6,000 primary and secondary-source materials and, as part of our friendly international community, you will be able to attend a regular programme of workshops, film screenings and guest seminars on a variety of topics related to Islam and the Middle East. We have a strong relationship with the Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, are home to a thriving student Islamic Society, and have won awards for our work with local communities.