Arabic MA (joint degree) 2021 entry
Whilst St Andrews does not offer Arabic as a single Honours degree, you can take Arabic in combination with a wide variety of other subjects as part of a joint Honours degree. It is useful to study Arabic, by far the most commonly used language of the Middle East, alongside almost any subject as it offers the opportunity for comparative analyses between different languages, literatures, cultures, histories, politics and economics.
By choosing to study Arabic, you will learn the language of the Arabic media as well as classical and modern Arabic languages and literature. All Arabic modules prioritise building a high level of competence in language skills, and after completing the first two years of your course, you will be able to read, write and converse in basic Modern Standard Arabic.
You will have the opportunity to take an integrated year abroad between second and third year in a country where Arabic is spoken.
Master of Arts (joint degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 June 2025
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- Standard entry grades: AAAB
- Minimum entry grades: AABB
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAB
- Minimum entry grades: ABB
- Standard entry grades: 36 (HL 6,6,5)
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language, you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
You do not need previous knowledge of Arabic to apply. Modules are not designed for native speakers.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
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The School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2021, and Middle Eastern Studies at St Andrews was ranked third in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2021.
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In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Find out more about studying Arabic at St Andrews.
In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours), you will take the required modules in Arabic along with modules from your chosen joint subject.
Typically, you will take one Arabic module per semester during your first two years, and two modules per semester during your third and fourth years (known as Honours).
Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- Arabic for Beginners 1: enables students to read, write and converse in simple Modern Standard Arabic. It will cover the Arabic alphabet and writing system, and begin the study of Arabic grammar.
- Arabic for Beginners 2: covers the remaining points of Arabic grammar from Arabic 1 using a selection of representative non-literary texts.
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Intermediate Arabic 1: enables students to read and write Modern Standard Arabic to intermediate level with the aid of a dictionary, and to speak in standard Arabic on appropriate topics with a limited vocabulary.
- Intermediate Arabic 2: prepares students for Honours modules in Arabic by applying language work to simplified classical works, as well as contemporary and modern writings.
If you take Arabic in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced options which incorporate literary, historical and cultural studies into language learning.
Modules in previous years at Honours level have included (but are not limited to):
- Arabic Short Stories
- Classical Arabic Poetry
- Exile and Identity
- Fannanat: Arab Women's Creativity in Modern Arab Culture
- Key Texts in Classical Arabic Literature and Culture
- Media Arabic
- Modern Arab Culture and Society
- Palestinian Fiction.
In fourth year, students have the option of undertaking a dissertation of about 10,000 words on an approved topic in Arabic and Middle East Studies. This independent project enables you to develop key research skills which are desired by both prospective employers and by graduate schools offering postgraduate degrees.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Arabic as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
Modern language degrees
You can also take Arabic as part of a Modern Languages joint Honours degree with two modern languages and one additional subject.
You can take Arabic as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first-named subject.
- Biology with Arabic
“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. You are expected to show a lot of independence and self-discipline when it comes to your studies although it is important to balance the various aspects of your academic and personal life.”
Chloe-Kate (New York, USA)