The MLitt in Iranian Studies offers students the opportunity to study the history, politics and international relations of Iran in a diverse and intellectually stimulating environment.
The MLitt in Iranian Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the School of History.
- Introduction to major themes, concepts and approaches including aspects of methodology and historiography, and questions of nationalism, religion and society, as well as an outline of Iran’s place in the region and the broader international community.
- Access to a unique range of expertise on Iran from Late Antiquity to the modern era, along with a rich research environment provided by the Institute for Iranian Studies and staff located in other Schools including Art History, Classics and Modern Languages.
- You benefit from the resources of the University Library which has some 6,000 Persian books, a distinctive collection and one of the best in the UK.
The taught programme includes a compulsory module introducing students to the study of Iran, with further module options in Iranian history, politics and language.
The modules are taught through seminars, lectures and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual supervision up to 12 students. The modules are assessed through coursework or a combination of coursework and examination.
Students will spend the final three months of the course focusing on researching and writing the final assessment piece for the MLitt, a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.
- Themes in Middle Eastern History and Politics: looks at a variety of theoretical and disciplinary approaches, including Orientalism, and explores questions of nationalism, statehood and identity.
Students take two of the following modules:
- Directed Reading in Middle Eastern History (1 and 2): designed to encourage the development of skills of historical analysis through the concentrated study of a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a supervisor.
- Iran and the World since 1921: looks at the development of the modern Iranian state from its inception under Reza Khan in the 1920s to the present day.
- Mediaeval Iran: from the Sasanids to the Samanids: looks at the changing nature of Iran from the perspective of its politics, religion and culture in the period circa 200-1000.
- Two modules in Persian at the appropriate level (Persian for Beginners 1 and 2 or Intermediate Persian 1 and 2).
If students choose the language option they also need to take the following module:
- Middle Eastern Historical Translation: intended to complement and supplement Persian language modules and to serve as a bridge between the language modules and history modules which constitute the majority of the MLitt in Iranian Studies programme.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
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- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- personal statement (optional).
- a sample of academic written work (2,000 words).
- two original signed academic references.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
The School of History is pleased to be able to offer a number of competitive scholarships which contribute to the fees and maintenance for postgraduate study.
- Language Bursaries: enables students to undertake intensive language courses abroad during the summer before their programme begins.
- School of History MLitt Awards: offers the cash equivalent of one year's home fees and cannot be held in conjunction with other awards offering full fees and maintenance.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.
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