Taught course

Middle Eastern Studies with Advanced Arabic

University of Edinburgh · School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

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. Applicants may be asked to complete an Arabic assessment - such as a conversation in Arabic with one of our Arabic teaching staff via Skype - before being offered a place on the programme.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)131 650 4086