Bachelor On Campus

Arabic and Social Anthropology

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Given the importance of the Arab world as the immediate neighbour of Europe on the southern and eastern sides of the Mediterranean, Arabic and Social Anthropology from The University of Edinburgh makes an excellent choice of programme.


Arabic is the main language of more than 250 million people inhabiting a huge swathe of land extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. It is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Social anthropology is the comparative study of human behaviour and ideas in their social, cultural, religious, and political contexts. While the subject matter overlaps with that of sociology, human geography, and development studies, it is also closely linked to history and philosophy.

The University of Edinburgh is recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading institution for the research-led study of Arabic, together with Persian, Islam, and the Middle East.

In the Arabic and Social Anthropology programme from The University of Edinburgh, you will have the opportunity to learn from researchers who are international leaders in their field, and will also engage in original anthropological research, which may be library-based or involve fieldwork.

Career opportunities

More than 250 million people are native speakers of Arabic, the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.

An understanding of the language, the cultures to which it opens doors, and of social anthropology, is an excellent primer for a range of careers in:

  • civil service
  • diplomatic service
  • business and industry
  • non-governmental organisations

Increasing migration and changing global dynamics have created high demand for languages and humanities graduates, both at home and abroad. This includes roles in:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • education

Our students have also won awards in Outstanding Global Citizenship for tutoring Syrian refugees.

Programme Structure

  • Year 1

You will study elementary Arabic to learn basic grammar and develop your vocabulary. You will also take courses in Islamic history and Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures and will receive a broad introduction to social anthropology by studying Social Anthropology 1A and 1B.

  • Year 2

You will continue with your language study and take courses in the religion of Islam or modern Middle Eastern history. You will also study Social Anthropology 2 and Ethnography.

  • Year 3

If international travel restrictions allow, 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 in social anthropology.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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