Taught course

Persian Civilisation

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have a First or Upper Second Class degree or equivalent, ideally with a background in the Islamic and/or Middle Eastern studies or a background in ancient history or Middle Eastern civilizations.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Persian Civilisation is an interdisciplinary programme that builds on a number of fields of study, including Classics, Ancient History, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies.

The taught MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Persian Civilisation is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the extensive expertise across two Schools of the University in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the period c.800 BCE to the present day. The programme involves scholars with complementary interests in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean civilisation within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology (SHCA) and the School of Literatures, Languages and Culture (LLC).

The programme provides a wide-ranging academic teaching and learning experience, one unique in the field of Persian studies, particularly for those who wish to engage with both the pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures of Iran, and for those wishing to combine research projects at postgraduate level with specialist methodological, theoretical, literary, and historiographical training.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Administrator
+44 (0) 131 650 4114