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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in International Relations of the Middle East

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The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

MSc International Relations of the Middle East Programme Handbook 

A non-refundable application fee of £50 is payable at the time of application submission, once a UUN has been issued. Please click here for more information on how to pay the application fee.

Please note: Your application will not be processed until we have received your application fee payment.

Welcome from the Director!

Welcome to the IRME website! As one of the most important regions of the world, the Middle East attracts the attention of journalists, politicians and the general public. The politics of Islam, oil, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran and the Iraq war continue to raise interesting questions on the Middle East and on its place in the global world order. In the University of Edinburgh, we draw on the research strengths of the departments Politics and International Relations and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies to offer students a unique opportunity to study the international relations of the Middle East.

Our programme offers an advanced theoretical and empirical understanding of the international relations of the Middle East, exploring and applying several theoretical models (Realism, Constructivism, Historical Sociology and Structuralism). Students will obtain an in-depth understanding of the main historical events, processes and actors that have shaped and continue to shape the political dynamics of the Middle East.

If you would like to know more about IRME, please have a look through our on-line information of the programme and feel free to get in touch with me if you have any queries.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Nida Alahmad


How to Apply

Further guidance on how to apply and entry requirements, etc. is available on the Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact the Programme Director with any further queries.

Fees and Scholarships

  • Full fees information, including part time fees, is available here.
  • Information on how to pay is available here.
  • Information on funding and scholarships is here.

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


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