Taught course

Iranian Studies (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area. Students do not need knowledge of the Persian language for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Iranian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the School of History. It 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.


  • 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 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.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £17,600

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 46 2907