Master the official language of the 22 members of the Arab League and one of the 6 official languages of the UN. Arabic is one of the strongest links uniting countries as diverse as Iraq and Morocco, and understanding this language is increasingly important in modern politics and international relations. 

At St Andrews, you will not only learn the Arabic language, but also study Arab and wider Middle Eastern history, medieval and modern Arabic literature, and Islamic studies.

Hilly town in Morocco by Michael Whitehouse


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Modern Languages offers PhD, MPhil, and MSt (Res) research programmes. Research interests in the School cover many aspects of language studies, including: 

  • literature 
  • linguistics 
  • cinema 
  • history 
  • gender 
  • identity issues. 

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.

“It is amazing to have the opportunity to put your language skills to use within a real-life context and rewarding to be able to read a piece of literature or watch a film and understand what is happening. It makes all the hours of studying worth it.”

- New York, USA


First in Scotland and second in the UK for languages and linguistics

Guardian University Guide 2023

83% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)