Arabic is the main language of more than 250 million people inhabiting a huge swathe of 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. Given the central importance of the Arab world in current politics, and its importance as the immediate neighbour of Europe on the southern and eastern sides of the Mediterranean, Arabic and politics make an excellent combination. 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. Students of politics explore the origins and present-day contexts of conflicts over power and resources; the morality of political action, the limits of freedom and justice, and the processes of governance at various levels. Politics is part of a vibrant research-led community which is truly international. We have students from all over the world and have a vibrant student society. There is always plenty going on, and always someone for you to talk to about your academic studies, leisure interests or life in Edinburgh.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Central area campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||AAA - ABB||Detailed entry requirement: ABB. GCSEs: A language other than English at Grade A or 7 and English at Grade C or 4.|
|Scottish Higher||AAAAA - ABBB||Detailed entry requirement: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5: A language other than English at Grade A and English at Grade C.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||40 - 34 points||Award of Diploma with 40 - 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: A language other than English at 6 and English at 5.|
Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£1,820 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
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