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Arabic and History

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
23100 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Arabic and History at The University of Edinburgh make an excellent combination, allowing you to situate your understanding of the Arabic language, the Middle East and the Islamic world in the wider context of human history.


The Arabic and History programme at The University of Edinburgh is designed to give you a thorough grounding in both classical and modern Arabic and a good knowledge of the Arabic-speaking world, past and present, alongside a thorough understanding of the problems of historical interpretation as applied to a wide range of periods and geographical areas, including the Middle East.

A year spent studying Arabic abroad provides complete immersion in Arabic language and culture.

The University of Edinburgh is recognised, both in the UK and internationally, as a leading institution for the study of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, within the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, and of History, within the School of History, Classics & Archaeology.

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 history, is an excellent primer for a range of careers in:

  • media
  • industry
  • civil service
  • diplomatic service
  • 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. In addition to at least one course in Islamic history, you'll also have the option to take a course in Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures. 

  • Year 2

You will continue with your language study. In addition to at least one course in modern Middle Eastern history, you'll also have the option to take a course in the religion of Islam. 

  • 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. You will also choose from a range of option courses dealing with different aspects of Islam and the Middle East and you will take specialist courses in History.

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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