Research course

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment
PhDMSc by researchMPhil

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the department of IMEs achieved the second highest national result (in a tie with Oxford), confirming the department's continuing role as a leading programme for research and study of Islam, the Middle East, and other related subjects.

Over 70% of research activity in IMES was classified as being 'world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour'.

In addition, IMES was successful in its competitive bid to establish the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (with Universities of Durham and Manchester) and most recently received a large donation to establish the Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World.

Major research interests include:

  • Early and medieval Islamic history;
  • Classical and modern Arabic and Turkish literature;
  • Twelver Shi'ism, Sufism;
  • Development of Islamic law;
  • History of Islamic medicine;
  • Modern Middle Eastern history and politics;
  • Film studies and visual culture from Iran and the Arab world;
  • Modernity and colonialism;
  • Postcolonial theory;
  • Application of critical social theory to comparative literary study;
  • Translation studies;
  • Arab intellectual history;
  • Nationalism and cultural politics;
  • History of Iran;
  • Persian language and literature and intellectual history.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Administrator
+44 (0) 131 650 4114