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.

To mark the fortieth anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, we are delighted to announce that Professor Ervand Abrahamian (Emeritus Distinguished Professor, City University of New York) will be delivering a keynote lecture on Monday, 27th May 2019 at 5 p.m. in School V, St Salvator’s Quadrangle. The title of his talk is The 1953 Roots of 1979 This will be live streamed on this site.

LIVE STREAM – Professor Ervand Abrahamian on 1953 Roots of 1979

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.