Taught course

Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

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

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


Course content

Developed in the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) – a ground breaking UK government initiative established here at Edinburgh – and housed in the department of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies (IMES), this two-year programme offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of Arabic language and region-specific culture, history and politics.

Formed with the aim of creating the UK’s leading resource for Arab world expertise, the resources and high profile of CASAW and IMES will see you graduate with a strong and prestigious qualification.

You will have access to some of the UK’s leading experts in the field of Arab-world social and political sciences, arts and humanities, and will experience a four-month immersion in language and culture in an Arab country.

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

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator