Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

MSc Middle Eastern Studies with Advanced Arabic

The MSc Middle Eastern Studies with Advanced Arabic provides for those who already possess intermediate Arabic but who wish to develop their language to a more advanced level with two years of additional Arabic along with research skills and area studies training.


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This two year degree provides an integrated programme designed for those with significant existing amount of Arabic who wish to further expand their language skills in conjunction with developing their knowledge of the Middle East, its history, politics and culture.

Aims and outcomes

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Our MSc in Advanced Arabic will develop your language skills to a level where you can use Arabic in any academic or professional capacity where fluency is a requirement. Likely career paths for graduates from the course include literary or spoken translation, government, media or NGO roles, and academia.

Programme structure

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Our MSc Middle Eastern Studies with Advanced Arabic is a two year full-time programme consisting of language study (including study abroad over the summer), discursive core and option courses with research units and a dissertation.


The University and city hold a wealth of resources and facilities for the study of Islam and the Middle East.


Hear from our previous students about why they enjoyed this programme and what they gained from their studies.

Find out more and apply

You can find out more about entrance requirements, start dates, fees and scholarship opportunities for this programme on the University of Edinburgh’s Degree Finder.

Degree Finder links straight through to EUCLID, the online system for applying to postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh. Applications for studying in 2019/20 are now open.

Go to the Degree Finder page on the MSc in Middle Eastern Studies with Advanced Arabic

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Marie Legendre (Programme Director) or the Programme Administrator.