Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies

University of St Andrews


The MLitt in Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies offers students the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of classical and modern Arabic and Persian literatures and cultures, including music and film, as a prelude to professional work in the arts and culture of the area or as a sound basis for progression to PhD study. Students explore a broad range of subjects in Middle Eastern literary traditions (Arabic, Persian, Kurdish) before focusing on a subject, medium or genre of their choice.

Middle Eastern studies may be taken as a single-subject pathway within the MLitt, or you can combine it with one of five other pathways:

- French studies
- German studies
- Italian studies
- Russian studies
- Spanish and Latin American studies.

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Arabic, Persian, or Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies; in addition, students need a Persian or Arabic language proficiency at C1 level on the European Framework or equivalent. Secondary pathway subjects cannot be taken at beginner's level.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Faculty of Arts


Modern Languages

SCQF Level