Bachelor On Campus

Islamic Studies

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Islamic Studies programme at The University of Edinburgh develops knowledge and understanding of Islam as a religion, as well as the history, thought and culture of Muslims worldwide.


Opening the door to Islam's rich intellectual heritage, it will give you a thorough grounding in a variety of areas, including:

  • Islamic literature and poetry

  • the Qur'an

  • Sufism

  • Islam in the contemporary world, from Islamic movements to political Islam

You'll learn Arabic in Year 1, with the option to continue language learning in Year 2 if you wish.

Why Edinburgh

Edinburgh is recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for the study of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Islam and the Middle East.

Study with us, and you'll be part of a friendly community with great links to:

  • the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

  • a student-led Islamic Society

  • a regular programme of workshops and guest seminars

Career opportunities after the Islamic Studies programme at The University of Edinburgh

Graduating with a four-year honours degree from the University of Edinburgh shows high-level intellectual strength and flexibility, including the ability to understand, analyse and articulate key concepts, and to work to varied briefs to deadline, both independently and in groups.

Additionally, this programme will give you a nuanced understanding of other cultures and societies, and how they shape our world, giving you the Intercultural Competence valued by employers around the globe. Learning Arabic in your first year (with the option to continue into Year 2) will also sharpen your written and oral communications skills.

Programme Structure

Year 1

You will take classes in:

  • Arabic

  • Islamic history

  • modern Middle Eastern history

You will also take two option courses chosen from a wide range offered by the University of Edinburgh.

Year 2

You will take courses on the religion of Islam and on Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures.

You may continue with your Arabic language studies or take other option courses of your choice.

Year 3

If international travel restrictions allow, you may have the option to study abroad. Regardless of location, you will study a range of courses on subjects relating to Islam or the Middle East.

Year 4

You will complete your dissertation, and will choose Islam- and Middle Eastern Studies-related option courses from a wide selection of subject areas, including:

  • history

  • politic

  • religion

  • arts

  • cultural studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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