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Welcome to the Institute of Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews. The Institute was established in 2006 and serves as a focal point for research and discussions of all aspects of Iranian civilization and culture in St Andrews through the hosting of conferences, workshops and seminars. The philosophy of the Institute is inclusivity and engagement and members of the Institute are to be found in the Schools of Art History, Classics, History and Languages and Linguistics.

We offer a taught postgraduate programme in Iranian Studies which was the first of its kind in the UK. It includes a compulsory core course introducing students to the study of Iran, with further options in Iranian history, politics and language. A scholarship, named after Sir John Malcolm, has been set up which is open to all who have been offered a place on the taught MLitt programme for 2019/20 (deadline 24 April 2019). For more information, please click here.

The Iranian playwright, screen writer and scholar, Naghmeh Samini, will be joining the School of Languages and Linguistics as writer-in-residence for one month from 23 January 2019. We also look forward to the arrival of Professor Iain Gardner (Sydney) in February 2019 for a two-month stay as a Visiting Scholar.

We have a major Persian language library, presently comprising 6,000 volumes and 800 films and growing, making St Andrews uniquely positioned to support post-graduate programmes, including research in modern Iranian history and politics. We have 14 PhD students associated with the Institute, exploring a diverse range of fields, from The mythical bird Sīmurgh in the text and iconography of Medieval Persia, to The Critique of Ideology and Resistance in Naser-e Khosrow’s Poetry.

The Institute is at the forefront of Iranian Studies in the UK and we look forward to welcoming you here.