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Arabic and Classical Studies (year abroad) MA (Hons)

UK

What will I learn?

Arabic MA

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.

Careers

Graduates in Arabic go on to a wide range of careers for which an Arts degree is a recognised qualification. Graduates of the Department have become:

  • academics in international institutions
  • civil servants in government departments (notably the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the US State Department)
  • employees in non-governmental organisations and international companies
  • human rights lawyers
  • journalists.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Classical Studies

The MA (Hons) in Classical Studies is a degree of remarkable range and depth. It includes not only the study of Greek and Roman literature but also the social and cultural history of the classical world, its philosophy, religion and art, and the reception of Greek and Roman culture in the modern world. Classical studies at St Andrews will allow you to discover and debate – among many other things – the power of Greek tragedy, the imposing beauty of Roman sculpture and the twists and turns of Platonic dialogue. The course encourages new ways of seeing both the classical world and the world of today.

All classical texts are studied in English translation. There is no requirement for ancient languages. There are opportunities to learn both Latin and Greek at beginner’s or more advanced levels and to take them further if you wish to. You will also be able to supplement your classical studies courses with complementary subjects such as ancient history, archaeology, and ancient philosophy.

Careers

Classical studies students at St Andrews have traditionally moved into a very wide range of careers upon graduating. Some continue their academic careers via a postgraduate training degree or doctoral study either in St Andrews or at another university. Other students have often progressed to postgraduate qualifications in teaching, law or finance.

Recent classical studies graduates have moved into careers in:

  • law
  • marketing
  • museums and heritage
  • journalism
  • the theatre
  • civil service
  • teaching
  • finance
  • applied computing.

Which department am I in?

Modern Languages

Study options

Full Time (5 Years)

Tuition fees
£23,960.00 (US$ 28,904) per year
This is a provisional fee yet to be approved
Start date

4 September 2023

Venue

Main Site

16 St Katharine's West,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AX, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

We look for grades of A or B in honours level courses on your high school record, or three AP subjects with scores of 4+, or SAT Subject tests with minimum scores of 650+. Competitive applicants will have taken: a rigorous curriculum at high school, which should include a college preparatory curriculum grades of A or B in honours level courses on your high school record (or equivalent), or Advanced Placement (AP) classes (or equivalent), or SAT Subject tests with minimum scores of 650+. Many of our courses require you to have a particular background in the subject(s). This is known as ‘pre requisite’ knowledge. Pre-requisite qualifications, if required, will be listed on our subject pages. Examples of pre-requisite knowledge requirements are: Evidence of top grades across honours classes taken in the required subject, including the most challenging options in the school curriculum. For example, “Honors English IV – Literature” (or equivalent) for entry to study English AP scores of 5 on subject tests. For example, “AP Calculus BC” (or equivalent) for entry to study Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science programmes. SAT Subject Test scores of 700+. For example, “SAT Subject Test French” (or equivalent) for entry to study French. SAT and ACT test optional for the application cycle 2020-2021 (September 2021 entry). Due to the cancellation of SAT and ACT testing dates, we are making a definitive statement that we will not penalize students for the absence of a standardized test score. Most applicants are likely to have taken at least one type of standardised test (AP, SAT subject test, SAT or ACT), but we will consider applicants without testing. You should clearly state in your Personal Statement on your application why you were unable to take either the SAT or ACT. If you do submit scores, we look for the following: ACT: score of 28+ (writing optional). Applicants are welcome to submit all of their ACT test scores. We will consider the highest scores submitted for each section across multiple testing dates. SAT: score of 1320+ (essay optional). We will assess the SAT total score out of 1600 and will focus on individual sub-scores in a holistic manner and within the context of the overall application. We will superscore the SAT. AP and SAT Subject Test scores will be used for admissions purposes only and no credits for advanced entry or exemptions will be awarded.Academic IELTS Overall score required: 5.5. Component scores required: Listening: 5.0; Reading: 5.0; Writing: 5.0; Speaking: 5.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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