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.
The School of Modern Languages has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad variety of interests including world literature, linguistics, cinema, history, gender and identity studies.
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.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
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.
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.
“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)