Taught course

Advanced Arabic

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

We expect most applicants will have a background in Arabic language/or Middle Eastern studies. You do not need to have a formal Arabic qualification, but you should have a good knowledge of Arabic.

All applicants must complete an Arabic assessment online before being offered a place on the programme. The level of Arabic we require is ACTFIL Higher Intermediate/Lower Advanced (the equivalent of CEF B2/C1).

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is an intensive language programme coupled with research. It will equip you to function in Arabic at a high level both orally and in writing. A unique feature of the programme is that spoken Arabic will be taught alongside Modern Standard Arabic.

You will acquire a strong understanding of a major spoken Arabic dialect, which is required to understand films, songs and an increasing amount of oral intellectual discourse. You will also develop your Modern Standard Arabic, enabling you to communicate as an educated native speaker of Arabic.

You will refine your abilities to engage critically and analytically with different aspects of the Arabic language and undertake a sustained piece of independent research that demonstrates the research skills, training and knowledge you have acquired.

You will also have the option of a course in Arabic pedagogy, which will equip you with the skills to teach Arabic to non-native speakers.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 131 651 3988