Taught course

Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies

University of St Andrews · School of Modern Languages

Entry requirements

A good degree (2.1) with Honours from a UK university or its equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Course highlights

  • Students receive training in traditional and new research techniques and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students provide a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly environment.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Arabic and Persian in the School of Modern Languages. The programme is aimed at those looking to expand their knowledge in the understanding and knowledge of the literature, culture and history of Middle Eastern languages.

The taught portion of the course consists of five compulsory modules involving literary theory, research skills, and Middle Eastern literature and culture. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and fortnightly tutorials, with class sizes ranging from individual one-to-one teaching up to 20 students. Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme.

You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Information for international students

A good degree with Honours in a relevant discipline of the Arts and Humanities from a UK university or its equivalent; Persian or Arabic language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent; English language proficiency with a minimum of 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment55
Dissertation35 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 463670