Ph.D. On Campus

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES)

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
21150 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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 The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) programme at The University of Edinburgh is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise in a community that really values research, and to make a definite and original contribution to the field.


With over 260 years of history in teaching and research, we are globally recognised as a leading centre for postgraduate study in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Our research resources and facilities are outstanding, and we have excellent links with a number of centres and networks, including the Alwaleed Centre and the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

Facilities of the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) programme at The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh contains exceptional resources for study and research in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Based in the Main University Library, the Centre for Research Collections is unique in the UK, bringing together a collection of more than 400,000 rare books, six kilometres of archives and manuscripts, and the University’s collections of art, historical musical instruments and other objects.

Programme Structure

Our expertise includes:

  • language and literature: classical and modern Arabic literature, classical Persian literature, cultural transmission and translation between Arabic and Persian cultures
  • history and historiography: pre-Islamic Iran, early Islamic history, Ottoman history, modern history and politics, in particular Iraq, Iran and Egypt
  • religion: early and classical Islam, Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis, Hadith, the biography of Muhammad, Sufism, Islam in the Ottoman Empire
  • contemporary Muslim politics: Islamism, social movements, comparative social and political change in the Muslim world
  • arts and cultures of the Middle East and Muslim societies: particularly visual arts, cinema
  • gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa, contemporary Arab media
  • Shi’ism: Shi’i history and contemporary Shi’ism
  • Islam and Muslims in Europe

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree and a masters degree, or their international equivalents, in a related subject. We may also consider your application if you have equivalent qualifications or experience; please check with your potential supervisor before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21150 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21150 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.

PhD PT fees

  • International - £10,575
  • Home: £2,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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