This two-year programme offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of the 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.
The first eight months of the programme are delivered in Edinburgh, with a combination of language training, survey and option courses. You then spend three months at an approved institution in an Arab country, further developing your skills. The second year includes specialisation through further optional courses as well as training in research skills and extensive support in preparation for the final dissertation.
- Advanced Arabic D & E
- Critical Readings in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
- Advanced Arabic G & H
- Research Skills and Methods in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
- Research Methods and Problems in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Option courses can be chosen from those offered by IMES, from elsewhere within the School or across the University. Options may include:
- Cinema and Society in the Middle East
- Ideology and Political Practice in the Modern Middle East
- The Arab - Israeli Conflict
- Gender and Media in the Arab World
- Islamic Movements in the 20th Century
Expertise in the Arabic language and Middle Eastern Studies are increasingly sought after. Graduates of this programme will be well-placed to use their language skills in - for example - business and commerce, governments, NGOs and charities, and academia.
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.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
- IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module).
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module).
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections).
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module).
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
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