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Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Leeds

48 months
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Arabic is one of the world’s major languages, and this Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies degree from University of Leeds will allow you to become proficient while you build your understanding of the cultural and historical contexts that have shaped the Middle East.


From the early history of the Arabs, North Africans and Islam to the complex international relations of today, you’ll build your knowledge through a range of conceptual approaches such as postcolonialism, decoloniality and Critical Muslim Studies.

You’ll benefit from a firm grounding in spoken and written Arabic – which you’ll strengthen by spending a year in an Arabic-speaking country – while gaining insight into the cultural, social and political issues that have shaped the Middle East. At the same time, you’ll build critical, analytical and advanced communication skills that are popular with employers.

You’ll combine core and optional modules to give you a firm foundation in language study while allowing you to shape your degree to suit your interests in Middle Eastern Studies and North African Studies.

Career opportunities

This Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies degree from University of Leeds combines rigorous Arabic language study with deep cultural insight into the Middle East. As a result, it equips you with a whole range of knowledge and skills that will help you in a range of careers.

You’ll be able to research complex topics and assess information from different sources, thinking critically about what you find to form your own conclusions. You’ll then be able to communicate your views clearly, both verbally and in writing. Creativity, teamwork, time management and organisational skills will all come into play throughout your degree.

Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers. Some of them have worked in language-specific roles, such as translating, interpreting and teaching (including CELTA courses) and others have launched careers in the civil service, journalism, business and finance, think tanks, tourism, the charity sector and even global organisations like the United Nations. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Arabic
  • Early and Medieval Islamic History
  • Studying the Middle East: Culture, History, Politics and Religion
  • Persian 
  • Turkish 
  • Arab and Islamic Civilisation
  • Muslim Beliefs: From Theology to Sunni-Shi'a Sectarianism
  • Politics, Culture and Society

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A-level: ABB

Other course specific tests:

  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
  • We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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