A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. You should also have Arabic language skills at a level between CEF B1 and C1 to be a good fit in the relevant classes.
We will assess your Arabic when you arrive at Edinburgh; the MSc Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic and MSc Middle Eastern Studies with Advanced Arabic are alternative pathways for lower and higher levels of Arabic language skills, respectively. If you have any queries about language levels, please contact the Programme Director.
All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.
Months of entry
This two-year programme offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of Arabic language, region-specific culture, history and politics. It is intended for students who already have some knowledge of the Arabic language (approximately 400 hours of previous study or CEF level B1 or B2).
This programme takes a combined and communicative approach to the language, teaching all the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in parallel, combining both spoken ‘dialect’ and more formal Modern Standard Arabic, bringing learners to an advanced level in all skills.
You will have access to some of the UK’s leading experts in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and will experience a three-month immersion in language and culture in an Arabic-speaking country.
Graduates of the postgraduate Arabic programme at the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies have gone on to use their language and regional expertise in a wide variety of roles, including business, government, charities and NGOs and academia.
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: International Applicants
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Programme Administrator