Info for Prospective Students

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network offers three postgraduate degree programmes at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. The School of Divinity currently offers several courses in Islamic law, as well as the history and contemporary practice of Christian-Muslim engagement.

Students may also apply directly to one of two masters programmes or the PhD:

  • MSc by Research Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations – 1 year
  • MPhil Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations – 2 Years
  • PhD Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations – 3 Years

In addition to these specific degrees within Christian-Muslim Relations, some students opt for a postgraduate degree in World Christianity or another research area, either of which permits time for elective courses in Christian-Muslim Studies.

Each of these degrees is interdisciplinary and may be tailored to a particular context (eg Nigeria or Arab Christianity) or discipline to suit the research interests of the student.

International students should note that at the University of Edinburgh, as well as the United Kingdom more broadly, a PhD is a research degree that normally requires three years of study. Masters degrees are available as either a taught degree, with required courses followed by a written dissertation, or a research degree requiring three essays and a written dissertation. Both programmes entail one calendar year of study.

Applications for the next academic year are considered on a rolling basis but may be started here. The official application deadline is generally 31 August preceding the semester beginning in September; however, anyone wishing to apply for funding or in need of a visa to study in the UK should apply as soon as possible. Details and a message from the Programme Director for these courses may be found in this video:


Postgraduate Admissions

Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8952


Dr Joshua Ralston, Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations


Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla, Lecturer in Christian-Muslim Relations


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