Taught course

Advanced Arabic

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or its international equivalent. We expect most students will have a background in Arabic language/or Middle Eastern studies. Those who do not have a formal Arabic qualification but have a good knowledge of Arabic can also apply. All applicants will have to complete a rigorous and carefully calibrated Arabic assessment online before being offered a place on the programme. The level of Arabic required will be Higher Intermediate/Lower Advanced (ACTFIL) or the equivalent of B2/C1 in the Common European Framework (CEF). All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

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.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 131 651 3988