Undergraduate study - 2019 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

Introducing MA Arabic and French

Arabic and French make a natural combination. Interaction between the two languages and cultures has taken place over many centuries and continues in the present day. This interaction is reflected as much in the cinema and music of contemporary Europe and North Africa as in the Chansons de Gestes of medieval times.

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

French is the main language of about 100 million people, and is widely spoken in North America, North and West Africa and the Caribbean, as well as in Belgium and in France itself.

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

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

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.

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 (2018/19)

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.

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.

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 (2018/19)

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 range

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Access threshold

The access threshold for a contextual offer is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Find out more about access thresholds and contextual offers

Detailed requirements for all applicants

To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following 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.
  • 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 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 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, 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)

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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