University of Edinburgh: International Relations of the Middle East

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Science
Study type Taught


This 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

  • structuralism

The programme offers 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.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge about the region delivered by our academic staff, whose research covers a variety of topics including:

  • the politics of Islam

  • oil

  • the Arab-Israeli conflict

  • the Arab Spring

  • the politics and theories of the state

  • the politics of human rights

  • international law

As well as placing the region in broader analytical, conceptual and theoretical debates of international relations and the social sciences, we also aim to foster knowledge of Middle East international relations by examining:

  • local cultures

  • histories

  • languages

  • religions

You will acquire a strong understanding of theoretical and conceptual tools required to understand Middle East international relations.


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