Taught course

Iranian Studies

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree or equivalent in cognate subject at undergraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Iranian Studies offers students the opportunity to study the history, politics and international relations of Iran in a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment.

Course highlights

  • Iranian Studies is the first taught postgraduate programme of its kind in the United Kingdom.
  • Students benefit from the burgeoning resources of the University Library which has some 6,000 Persian books and 800 films.
  • The programme is ideal for those who do not wish to pursue an academic path but do require expertise and knowledge to better pursue their chosen career, be it in journalism, government or the corporate sector.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Iranian Studies introduces students to major themes, concepts and questions including aspects of methodology and historiography, and questions of nationalism, religion and social structures, as well as an outline of Iran’s place in the region and the broader international community.

The taught programme includes a compulsory module introducing students to the study of Iran, with further module options in Iranian history, politics and language.

The modules are taught through seminars, lectures and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed through coursework or a combination of coursework and examination.

Students will spend the final three months of the course focusing on researching and writing the final assessment piece for the MLitt, a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be required to sit an appropriate test and achieve IELTS grade 7.0 overall or equivalent. See website for more details: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

School scholarships may be available. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462 907