Middle East studies

Learn the history, politics, cultures and languages of the Middle East. Study at St Andrews covers over 1,500 years from the rise of Islam to the modern Middle East.

This region is culturally diverse and strategically important, making it a valuable subject to study for those interested in government, international relations, and business.

Hilly town in Morocco by Michael Whitehouse


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

Middle East Studies is a highly interdisciplinary subject area with research undertaken in the Schools of History, International Relations and Modern Languages. 

To apply for a postgraduate research degree, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.  

“I chose Middle East Studies because I love learning about the history and causes that affect current events there today - it also pairs well with my other focus (International Relations). Since so many international students are drawn to St Andrews, the diversity of perspective is valuable to any class discussion.”

- Philadelphia, USA