Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Arabic and French

UCAS code: TR61

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Year 1

You will study elementary Arabic to learn basic grammar and develop your vocabulary and you will take either French 1A or French 1B, depending on your language skills. You will also take courses in Islamic history and modern Middle Eastern history.

Year 2

You will continue with your language studies in Arabic and in French and take a course in the religion of Islam. You will also be able to choose from option courses on topics such as European cinema, European theatre, medieval literature and culture, and French politics.

Year 3

You will spend Year 3 partly in an Arabic-speaking country and partly in a French-speaking country, improving your language skills and undertaking independent study.

Year 4

You will continue to develop your language and translation skills and will write your honours dissertation. You will also choose from a range of option courses dealing with different aspects of Islam and the Middle East and take option courses in French literature and culture.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

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Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Classes will take place within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, located within the University’s Central Area.

You will have full access to the University’s computer facilities and libraries, which contain specialist resources and a collection of Islamic manuscripts.

Study abroad

In Year 3 you can choose between at least two different countries in the Arabic-speaking world for your study abroad. You will spend a minimum of 11 weeks in an Arabic-speaking country, and a minimum of 9 weeks in a French-speaking country.

How will I learn?

Experienced lecturers and language instructors will teach a combination of lectures, tutorials and language classes.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework, including essays, exercises, presentations and oral language examinations. You will also complete a dissertation in your final year.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

The Middle East is one of the UK's major trading partners so there is a high demand for graduates who speak Arabic or Persian.

Our programmes will also prepare you for careers in the diplomatic service, elsewhere in the civil service or in non-government organisations.

Graduates also enter teaching or the media or begin postgraduate study.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 37 points (grades 666 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, including French, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C. (Revised 23/03/2017.)
  • A Levels: ABB including French or Arabic. GCSEs: French at B or 6 (if not at A level) English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including French or Arabic. SL: French at 5 (if not at Higher Level), English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Arabic and French

Additional Costs

Year 3 includes study abroad in the Middle East. You will incur associated travel costs (flights, visas etc). For residence abroad for French, we give you a wide range of options. Your costs will depend on where you decide to go and how you spend your time. A placement with an Erasmus work grant, for example, could make this the cheapest year of your programme. Universities outside the EU may charge you a fee for courses but we will reimburse you for this provided the course has been approved. You will be informed about the cost implications as you plan your year abroad, during Year 2.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding