Persian MA (joint degree) 2021 entry
Whilst St Andrews does not offer Persian as a single Honours degree, you can take Persian in combination with a wide variety of other subjects as part of a joint Honours degree. Persian is the second language of the Middle East and the Islamic world and is primarily known in Europe for its unique literary tradition and the cinematic achievements of the Iranian New Wave. Therefore, Persian offers a good opportunity for comparative analyses between different languages, literatures, cultures, national cinemas, histories, politics and economics.
At St Andrews, the focus is on Modern Persian, with emphasis on language, literature, drama, visual culture and cinema, but students are also given the opportunity to become familiar with classical literary and historical texts.
Students taking Persian with another language will have the opportunity to take an integrated year abroad between second and third year to a country in your other chosen language. Find out about more about integrated year abroad options.
The School of Modern Languages has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad variety of interests including world literature, linguistics, cinema, history, gender and identity studies.
Middle Eastern Studies at St Andrews (which includes Persian, Arabic and History programmes) was ranked third in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021. The School of Modern Languages was ranked top in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2021.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
Find out more about studying Persian at St Andrews.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Persian as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
Modern language degrees
You can also take Persian as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject.
You can take Persian as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first-named subject.
“I picked up Persian in the first semester and it has turned out to be an exciting, engaging and thorough course. There is a fair amount of work to get you to a high standard relatively quickly, but the staff are very supportive and invested in their students.”
James (West Lothian, Scotland)