Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Arabic and Religious Studies

UCAS code: R4T8

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Arabic and Religious Studies

The combination of Arabic and religious studies is designed to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of, the Arabic-speaking world, past and present.

This programme looks at Arabic language, literature, culture and history, as well as all aspects of the interpretation of religion including theories and methodologies for studying religion with an emphasis on Islam.

You will learn from the perspective that religions, literatures and cultures influence many if not most human endeavours for good or ill. Working and learning with international scholars, you will study Arabic language, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and to the study of the history, literature and culture of the Arabic-speaking world.

You will also develop an understanding of the main phenomena of religion, such as belief systems, rituals, mythology and iconography outwith the Arab world.

Graduates will be capable of acting as bridges of understanding and conduits of knowledge between Arabic and British cultures.

Year 1

You will begin to learn Arabic and will combine your language studies with an introduction to the foundations of global religion. You will also take courses in Islamic history and modern Middle Eastern history.

Year 2

You will continue to develop your Arabic language skills and will study the impact of religion on culture and society in more depth. You will also take courses in the religion of Islam and Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures.

Year 3

You will spend Year 3 in an Arabic-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, the Middle East and religious studies.

Programme structure

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

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

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, where you will spend a minimum of 22 weeks.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

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.

Graduates will develop skills suitable for a variety of careers including the voluntary sector, counselling, finance, management, industry, banking, cultural institutions, education, the Civil Service, media, and human resources. You may also choose to continue your studies at Edinburgh or an other institution or pursue a career in teaching or research.

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, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: A language other than English at Grade A, English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: A language other than English at Grade A or 7, 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. SL: A language other than English at 6, English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Additional requirements

Language Requirement

Please note that for degrees that have a subject requirement for a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

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

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

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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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Arabic and Religious Studies

Additional costs

Year 3 includes study abroad in the Middle East. You will incur associated travel costs (flights, visas etc).

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