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Persian Civilisation (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

The MSc in Persian Civilisation is an interdisciplinary programme that builds on a number of fields of study, including classics, ancient history, Middle Eastern studies and Islamic studies.

The taught MSc in Persian Civilisation is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the University’s extensive expertise in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the period c800BCE to the present day. You will also learn from scholars with complementary interests in the Middle East and the Mediterranean from both our School and the University’s School of History, Classics & Archaeology.

The programme provides a wide-ranging academic teaching and learning experience, one unique in the field of Persian studies, particularly for those who wish to engage with both the pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures of Iran, and for those wishing to combine research projects at postgraduate level with specialist methodological, theoretical, literary, and historiographical training.

Programme structure

The programme will combine seminar work, oral presentations and essays, culminating in a dissertation. You will complete one compulsory course, two research courses and three option courses over two semesters, followed by an independently researched dissertation. You may also take additional language courses in introductory Persian, Turkish or Arabic.

Compulsory course:

The History and Culture of Iran: From Ancient Persia to Contemporary Iran

Option courses may include:

Achaemenid Historiography from Cyrus to Alexander
Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East
Political Islam in the Middle East
Islam in Modern Societies
Modern Persian Literature and Modern Iran
Gender and Media in the Arab World
Islamic Movements in the 20th Century
Modern Persian Literature and Modern Iran
Of Wine, Love and Loss: Reading Iran through Classical Persian Literature

Career opportunities

This unique programme will provide you with research and analytical skills within the disciplinary fields of Middle Eastern Studies and/or Classics and Ancient History, which can be extended into advanced study in any one or all of these disciplines. You will be equipped with skills that could be valuable in a range of careers, such as politics, the arts, or the cultural or heritage sectors.

The range of transferable skills you gain, such as communication, time management, team work, and project management, will prove highly valuable to potential employers in whatever field you choose to enter.

Visit the Persian Civilisation (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, ideally with a background in Islamic and/or Middle Eastern studies or in ancient history or Middle Eastern civilisations.

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