Research course

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES)

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment
Qualifications
PhDMSc by research

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Entry requirements

MScR: A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.


PhD: A UK 2:1 honours degree and a masters degree, or their international equivalents, in a related subject. We may also consider your application if you have equivalent qualifications or experience; please check with your potential supervisor before you apply.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed our 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 Area Studies (IMES and Asian Studies) was classified as world-leading and internationally excellent.

We offer expert supervision for postgraduate studies in Islam, the Middle East and related subjects. You will be studying in an environment that produces world-leading work, with staff who are conducting research of international significance.

A broad spectrum of research areas is available to you as a postgraduate student. Areas include:

  • language and literature: classical and modern Arabic literature, classical Persian literature, cultural transmission and translation between Arabic and Persian cultures
  • history and historiography: pre-Islamic Iran, early Islamic history, Ottoman history, modern history and politics, in particular Iraq, Iran, and Egypt
  • religion: early and classical Islam, Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis, Hadith, the biography of Muhammad, Sufism, Islam in the Ottoman Empire
  • contemporary Muslim politics: Islamism, social movements, comparative social and political change in the Muslim world
  • arts and cultures of the Middle East and Muslim societies: particularly visual arts, cinema
  • gender and sexuality in the MENA region, contemporary Arab media
  • Shi’ism: Shi’i history and contemporary Shi’ism.

We also offer opportunities for interdisciplinary study across the University.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Graduate School Administrator
Email
llc.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 131 650 4114