Arabic is the main language of more than 250 million people inhabiting a huge swathe of the 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. 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, the Middle East, and other related subjects. Join the Arabic and Ancient Greek programme at The University of Edinburgh.
The inextricable links between the two languages and associated civilisations makes knowledge of both Arabic and ancient Greek — together with knowledge of the history, literature and culture of the Mediterranean and the Middle East — a highly desirable combination. This is not least because of the enormous importance of the classical Greek heritage for Islamic thought (and then to a considerable extent, via Arabic, in western thought after the 12th century CE).
More than 250 million people are native speakers of Arabic, the fifth most widely spoken language in the world.
An understanding of the language, and the cultures to which it opens doors, is an excellent primer for a range of careers in the media, non-governmental organisations, industry, and the diplomatic and civil services.
- 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 you will choose two courses of beginners’ or advanced intermediate Greek, as appropriate.
- Year 2
You will continue with your language study in Arabic and Greek and you will study two survey courses on the history and culture of the Greek world.
- Year 3
- You will spend Year 3 in an Arabic-speaking country, improving your language skills and undertaking independent study. You will also undertake year abroad work for the classics side of your programme.
- 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 specialist option courses dealing with different aspects of Islam and the Middle East and classics.
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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.
International23100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23100 GBP per year during 48 months.
National1820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 48 months.
- Home - RUK fees: £9,250
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.