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University of Edinburgh

Arabic and Religious Studies

UCAS Code: R4T8

Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Minimum entry requirement: ABB. GCSEs: A language other than English at Grade A or 7, English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37-34

Award of Diploma with 37 points overall and grades 666 at HL - 34 points overall and grades 655 at HL. SL: A language other than English at 6, English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B-A,B,B,B

Minimum 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, English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.

UCAS Tariff

114-136

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Religious studies

Arabic languages

The combination of Arabic and religious studies is designed to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of, the Arabic-speaking world, past and present.
This programme looks at Arabic language, literature, culture and history, as well as all aspects of the interpretation of religion including theories and methodologies for studying religion with an emphasis on Islam.
You will learn from the perspective that religions, literatures and cultures influence many if not most human endeavours for good or ill. Working and learning with international scholars, you will study Arabic language, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and to the study of the history, literature and culture of the Arabic-speaking world.
You will also develop an understanding of the main phenomena of religion, such as belief systems, rituals, mythology and iconography outwith the Arab world.
Graduates will be capable of acting as bridges of understanding and conduits of knowledge between Arabic and British cultures.
The University of Edinburgh has a long and well-established reputation for teaching about Islam and the history, culture and literature of the Middle East. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, our Arabic & Persian research was part of the Area Studies submission. This was ranked first in Scotland and 74 per cent of our publications were rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£18,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
med
Religious studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Theology and religious studies

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A
431

African and modern middle eastern studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

58%
UK students
42%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
1%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A
506

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Theology and religious studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Welfare professionals
9%
Functional managers and directors
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Theology can actually be a very vocational subject —by far the most common move for theology graduates is to go into the clergy and at the moment we have a serious shortage of people willing to go into what is one of the oldest graduate careers. If you want to study theology but don't want to follow a religious career, then there are plenty of options available. 2015 graduates went into all sorts of jobs requiring a degree, from education and community work, to marketing, HR and financial analysis. Postgraduate study is also popular — a lot of theology graduates train as teachers, or go into Masters or even doctoral study - where philosophy and law are very popular postgraduate subjects of study.

African and modern middle eastern studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
49%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
6%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a small, general category covering several different subject areas - so bear that in mind when you look at any stats. The most common courses covered here are in translation, with just 55 students graduating in translation degrees in 2015. The arts were the most likely job sector for graduates from these courses, but it's a good idea to go to university open days to ask tutors more specific questions about what previous graduates typically went on to do with their degree.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Historical, philosophical and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Language and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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