Taught course

Middle Eastern History (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in History or Middle Eastern Studies.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Middle Eastern History is a taught postgraduate programme run by the School of History.


  • 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: classical Islamic history (Umayyads and Abbasids); the Seljuks; the medieval Islamic east; mediaeval Anatolia; the Ayyubid and Mamluk Near East; Early Ottoman History; Mediaeval Armenia; Islamic intellectual history.
  • The course introduces students to methodological and analytical approaches, including Orientalism.

Teaching format

The course 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
  • 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.


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


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 46 2907