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Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

You will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the history, modern politics and culture of the Islamic Middle East, and explore the paradigms behind the various disciplines within this field.

Recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for research and undergraduate and postgraduate study, our department is well resourced. We are home to the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (in conjunction with the universities of Durham and Manchester), and the Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre. We boast an impressive library of current and archival material.

Programme structure

The programme will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays. You will complete two compulsory courses, two research units and two option courses over two semesters, followed by an independently researched dissertation.

Your option courses can be chosen from within IMES or from other disciplines such as history, divinity, politics or international relations. You may also take additional language courses in introductory Persian, Turkish or Arabic.

Compulsory courses:

Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Option courses may include:

Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East
Islam in Modern Societies
Muslims in Britain: Migration, Faith and Identity
Gender and Media in the Arab World
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nations in Collision
Islamic Movements in the 20th Century
The Qur'an - Islam's Holy Book
Ritual and Religion

Career opportunities

The aim of this programme is to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance to doctoral study, and perhaps an academic career. You may also choose to apply your skills to a role that involves the Islamic community, or use your transferable communication, research and other skills in an unrelated area.

Visit the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

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