University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Persian Civilisation

This is an interdisciplinary programme that builds on a number of fields of study, including classics, ancient history, middle eastern studies and Islamic studies; it is distinctive in its breadth and diversity, drawing on the extensive expertise across two schools of the University in Iranian historical and cultural studies from the period c.800 BCE to the present day; students refine their abilities to engage critically and analytically with the significant literature and learn to undertake a sustained piece of independent research that demonstrates the research skills, training and knowledge students have acquired.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class degree or equivalent, ideally with a background in the Islamic and/or Middle Eastern studies or a background in ancient history or Middle Eastern civilizations; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

The Achaemenid and Hellenistic courts; Achaemenid historiography from Cyrus to alexander; cinemas of the Middle East; ideology and political practice in the modern Middle East; jihad: theory and practice; mystics, monarchs and lovers: reading classical Persian literature in translation; theatre of monarchy: the Umayyad empire: the Islamic world in its late antique context; Iran from the Safavids to the Islamic republic; crowns and concubines: court society; ancient superpowers: Rome and Persia; modern Persian literature and modern Iran; from shahs to ayatollahs: the history of modern Iran.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Graduate School Administrator
Telephone number: 
0131 650 4465