MArabic (Master of Arabic and Islamic Studies)

UCAS code T605
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAA-AAB; IB 36-34; BTEC DDD
Discipline Arab and Islamic Studies
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken language in the world. Our MArabic programme offers the opportunity to graduate with an undergraduate Masters-level qualification, while obtaining intensive language training, unparalleled study abroad and work experience opportunities.

You will gain experience of living and working in the Arab world, achieve high levels of proficiency in Arabic, and gain a thorough understanding of the politics, society and culture of the Middle East.

The MArabic is a four-year programme which includes two periods of study and work in an Arab country. 

This programme has been designed for students with no previous knowledge of Arabic. Students with proficiency in Arabic seeking a more rigorous programme of study will be better suited to our BA Middle East Studies.


Students on the MArabic may be eligible for the Sharjah Scholarships of up to £1,500 per annum (for up to four years).

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

The Institute occupies a purpose-built building with IT and audio-visual equipment, spacious lecture rooms and common rooms. You will learn your chosen language(s) in small interactive classes, using the language laboratory, satellite TV, the internet and computer-assisted language learning. Non-language modules are delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and discussions. You can also expect to develop transferable skills in communication and study techniques that will enable you to undertake independent research and analysis. You’ll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your programme of study. Our excellent library facilities include the Arab World Documentation Unit which provides a unique learning resource and contains more than 100,000 items on the Arab Gulf states and wider Arab world.


You will be assessed by exam and coursework, including essay writing, presentations, project work and a dissertation. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification. Progression to Masters study for MArabic students depends on academic attainment.

Module choice

Option modules can extend beyond Arab and Islamic Studies if you are studying MArabic: dependent on timetable constraints, pre-requisites and programme structure, it may be possible to study option modules outside your subject area.

Arab and Islamic Studies Year Abroad

The year abroad is an integral part of the study of Arabic, advancing your knowledge of grammar and syntax as well as reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. It provides an excellent opportunity for students of Arabic to become immersed in Arabic society and culture and to gain fluency in a spoken dialect of the Arabic Language.

Study abroad

You will spend the second year at one of our accredited Arabic language study centres. Immersed in the culture of an Arabic country, you’ll supplement your language training through practical application. We currently have students in Amman in Jordan, but opportunities may also be available in other locations. Destinations are carefully chosen depending on conditions in the region and the latest details can be found on our website. Many of our students take the opportunity to travel throughout the region once they complete their assessments. On return, you will have increased your fluency in the language and gained an invaluable cultural appreciation of the region.

MArabic students have an additional opportunity to study and work abroad in their final (fourth) year, again at an accredited Arabic language centre. See the information on work placements.

Find out more on the Study Abroad page.


Our degrees provide an appreciation and understanding of the culture, history and language of the Middle East and the wider world of Islam. Opportunities to acquire valuable work experience in the UK or Middle East will help develop your career aspirations and add value to your CV. You will develop analytical and research skills as well as an awareness of different interpretations of issues and events. You will develop opinions and use effective communication skills to put forward your ideas and conclusions. You will also develop your skills of organising your workload and meeting deadlines.

All these skills are valued by employers from many different fields and can open up career paths in a wide variety of areas from academic research and government work to more commercially-based careers. Many students specialising in Arabic go on to work in the region or in fields such as interpreting and translation, journalism, business, development or law.

Work placement

MArabic students benefit from a work placement, designed to enhance your language ability and the types of transferrable skills sought by employers. In the final year of your degree you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a second work placement abroad, perhaps in another Arabic country, such as Dubai, in order to develop language skills specific to your ideal career path.

Find out more on the Study Abroad page.

Contact us

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Current students

Phone: 01392 723365 

Applicants and offer holders

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Website: Visit the Arab and Islamic Studies website

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The MArabic (Master of Arabic and Islamic Studies)

Our four-year MArabic programme offers intensive language training, unparalleled study abroad and work experience opportunities.