M.A in Arabic Linguistic Studies

The purpose of this programme is to produce graduates with in-depth knowledge of Arabic linguistics. From the aspects of national aspiration and global importance, this programme aims to produce graduates who demonstrate those aspects. Having the ability to apply their knowledge and skills as well as communicate well in Arabic would further enable them to contribute at the international stage and realise the features of a Malaysian society as envisioned in Vision 2020.

Programme Description

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  • The core knowledge areas that are necessary for the understanding of the Master of Arts in Arabic Linguistic Studies programme are: [1] Principles of Arabic Grammar, [2] Theory of Literature, [3] Islamization of Linguistics and Literary Studies, [4] Language and Computer, [5] Research Methodology in Linguistics, [6] Modern Linguistics, and [7] Syntactic Studies.
  • A full time programme normally requires 2 years (4 semesters) and the part time programme 3 years (6 semesters).
  • The methodology used in the programme includes lectures, discourses, coursework, examinations, presentations, article and book reviews, consultations, researches, as well as dissertation/thesis. Field studies and surveys are also required wherever applicable.
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Entry Requirements

  1. A relevant Bachelor’s degree with good grade from IIUM or any other accredited institutions of higher learning, or other certificates that are recognized as equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree or relevant professional qualifications and experience that are recognized by the Senate of the University.
  1. Applicants are required to obtain the following Arabic and English proficiency levels:

Minimum score on IIUM's

Arabic Placement Test (APT)


Paper based: 500

IELTS - Band 5

Note: Students are required to provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting their proficiency certificates before the beginning of the programme. If they fail to do so, they will be required to sit for the IIUM-administered English Placement Test (EPT).