Welcome to the new website of 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 welcome Visiting Scholars from around the world.

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 new 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 2018/19 (deadline 24th April 2018). For more information, please click here.

We have a major Persian language library, presently comprising 6,000 volumes and 800 films and growing, making St Andrews uniquely positioned to support postgraduate programmes, including research in modern Iranian history and politics. We have 9 PhD students associated with the Institute, exploring a diverse range of fields relating to Iran, from Achaemenid Royal Ideology to Iran’s Role in Afghanistan from Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to the Islamic Republic.

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

Dr Tim Greenwood

Director of the Institute of Iranian Studies