Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Arabic and Persian

Why choose Arabic and Persian at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are the only university in Scotland to offer courses in the Muslim world’s three main languages. It doesn’t matter if you're a complete beginner, you can take Arabic and/or Persian to degree level. We also teach Turkish to intermediate level.

  • We are ranked 4th in the UK for Middle Eastern & African Studies in the Complete University Guide 2020.

  • Based in a world-leading festival city, we have a long tradition of teaching the languages, history, culture, and literatures of the Middle East. Arabic, for example, has been taught here since the middle of the 18th century.

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In language tutorials, the groups are small and you get lots of personal attention. I appreciate the very high teaching standards offered and the enthusiasm and welcoming attitude of staff.

Archie Vickers 4th year MA (Hons) Arabic & Persian
Archie Vickers 4th year MA (Hons) Arabic & Persian

Introducing Arabic and Persian

Located at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East has played a pivotal role on the world stage from ancient times to the present. Our Arabic and Persian programmes provide a unique opportunity to learn the region's languages in the context of its history, literature, culture, religion and politics.

You will study a wide range of material, from pre-Islamic poetry and Islamic philosophy, to modern literature and cinema. You will also develop key skills for employability, including the critical, analytical and comparative skills to interpret and discuss pivotal issues and concepts.

Study with us and you will be part of a friendly international community, with great links to our research and outreach Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World. You will have access to fantastic resources (including our own Islamic library), and a regular programme of workshops, film screenings and guest seminars. We have a particularly strong relationship with the Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, are home to a thriving student Islamic Society, and have won awards for our work with local communities.