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Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Information for offer holders on single and joint honours degree programmes involving Arabic, Persian, Islamic Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. أهلاً وسهلاً ومرحباً / خوش آمدید

Welcome from Professor Jeremy Robbins, Head of School

Thank you for your interest in the subject areas of Arabic, Persian, Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies - collectively known as IMES. Whichever programme you hold an offer for, congratulations on receiving it! I’m delighted that you are interested in studying with us, and we very much hope that you will join our community.

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) offers one of the widest range of languages of any UK university, and has a well-established reputation for teaching Islam and the history, culture, and literatures of the Middle East. All our programmes include an element of language learning but don’t worry if you have no language experience - we specialise in teaching students from scratch, so you will be in good hands.

As a member of our community, you will have access to our Islamic library of nearly 6,000 materials, as well as over 23,000 Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies resources in the University’s collections. Our students and graduates tell us that they value the School’s friendliness, the connections they have made here, and the in-depth guidance of our staff, who are experts in their field and passionate about what they do.

Ordinarily, we’d be welcoming you to our building in the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s Central Area, just across George Square from the Main Library. As we can’t do that just now, we’ve provided as much information as we can here to help you on your way to choosing the right university for you.

Good luck, and we hope to see you in September.

Recording from our recent offer holder event

If you missed our live subject presentation, catch up now to learn more about Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Edinburgh and the range of support and opportunities available to you throughout your studies.  

Video: Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Our academic staff explain what it will be like to study Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Edinburgh

What happens next?

We'd love you to accept your offer and become part of our community.

Accept your offer on UCAS Track

If you do accept your offer, you will receive further information about what to do next, including details of our New Students website and information about Welcome Week.

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