Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

MA Arabic and Spanish

UCAS code: TR64

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Arabic and Spanish

Arabic and Spanish make a natural programme combination. Interaction between the two languages and cultures has taken place over many centuries, most obviously in Islamic Spain between 711 and 1492, and continuing to the present day.

Arabic is the main language of more than 250 million people in a huge swathe of land extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. Apart from opening the door to a fascinating and varied region, knowledge of Arabic provides access to the rich intellectual heritage of Islam.

The School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures at the University of Edinburgh is recognised, in the UK and internationally, as a leading institution for research and study of Arabic, Islam and the Middle East.

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. The fascinating literature and culture are diverse and vibrant and have influenced countries and cultures across the globe.

Spanish at the University of Edinburgh will not only perfect your language skills, but will provide opportunities to explore the Hispanic culture and its geographical and historical diversity.

Students studying Arabic and Spanish will also benefit from our resources and our excellent record in teaching and research.

A year spent studying Arabic and Spanish abroad provides complete immersion in both languages.

Year 1

You will study elementary Arabic to learn basic grammar and develop your vocabulary. You will also take courses in Islamic history and modern Middle Eastern history.

You will study either Spanish 1A or 1B depending on your language skills. You will also study a selection of Spanish literary texts and films.

Year 2

You will continue with your language studies in Arabic and in Spanish and take courses in the religion of Islam or Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures. You will also continue to study Spanish or Latin American cultures.

If you wish to study Catalan, you can start to learn about the language, history and culture of Catalonia in Year 2.

Year 3

In Year 3 you can choose between at least two different countries in the Arabic-speaking world for your study abroad. You will also study or work in Spain, Portugal or Latin America.

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 as well as from a range of specialist courses on Hispanic history, literature and culture.

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 (2019/20)

Our facilities

Classes will take place in and around 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

During Year 3, you will spend a minimum of 30 weeks on approved work or study placement in countries relevant to the languages studied. Students studying more than one language must complete a minimum of eight weeks in each country.

What are my options for going 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.

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.

To give you an idea of what to expect from 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 details (2019/20)

Studying a language to degree level, especially when you spend a year abroad as part of your studies, gives you a set of skills and life experiences highly prized by employers.

Spanish and Arabic are, respectively, the second and fifth most widely spoken languages in the world.

An understanding of Arabic and Spanish, and the cultures to which they open doors, is an excellent primer for a range of careers in the media, non-governmental organisations, industry, and the diplomatic and civil services.

With increasing migration in response to changing global dynamics, there is high demand for language graduates both at home and abroad, including in translation, interpreting and education. There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. (Revised 18/10/2019 from 'AAAA - AABB'.)
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Higher: Spanish at grade B. National 5: English at grade C.
  • A Levels: Spanish or Arabic at grade B. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Spanish or Arabic at grade 5. SL: English at grade 5.

Additional requirements

Native speakers

Please note that the Arabic degree programmes involve beginners language study and are not suitable for native or near-native speakers.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB 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

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • 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

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Arabic and Spanish

Additional costs

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

For residence abroad for Spanish, 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.

Individual study placements 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