Taught course

Middle Eastern History

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

Minimum of an Upper Second Class (2.1) UK Honours Degree or overseas equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Course highlights

  • Students explore in depth a broad variety of historical topics including social, political, cultural and intellectual history of this crucially significant region of the world.
  • Fields available to explore include Ayyubid and Mamluk Near East; Early Ottoman History; Mediaeval Armenia; Modern Arabic Literature; Sasanian and modern Iran.
  • The course introduces students to methodological and analytical approaches, including Orientalism.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Middle Eastern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History. The programme comprises two semesters of taught components followed by submission of a 15,000-word final dissertation.

Teaching methods include classroom lectures, textbook work, language exercises, tutorials, individual reading projects and essay assignments. Class sizes range from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed by coursework or a combination of coursework and examination.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to sit an appropriate test and achieve IELTS 7.0 overall or equivalent. 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


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462907