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 religious, cultural, social and political issues that have shaped the Middle East and wider Muslim world.
This Arabic and Islamic Studies degree from University of Leeds offers you teaching of the highest standard, in a research-intensive environment where leading scholars and students come together to explore the rich and variegated landscape of Islam, the Islamicate, Muslim societies and cultures.
We combine a number of academic perspectives throughout the degree, including theology, history, philosophy, sociology and political science. The complex and evolving nature of our field of enquiry demands dynamic tools of analysis, meaning that you'll study the conventional analytical tools applied in Islamic Studies alongside other approaches such as decoloniality and critical Muslim studies.
A degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies equips you with a wide range of skills for a variety of careers, as well as deep linguistic, theological and cultural understanding of one of the world’s most influential faith traditions and a region of global significance.
Your knowledge and skills could lead to a career in media (television, radio, online and print); education; non-governmental organisations; business and commerce; translation and interpreting; Civil Service; FCO; local government; law and Islamic banking and finance.
Our graduates have gone on to CELTA courses which have led to teaching posts in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and other parts of the Gulf, with both universities and language institutes.
Increasingly, graduates with specialist knowledge of Islam, Muslim communities, Islamic law, theology and contemporary trends in Islamic thought are being sought by policy institutes and think-tanks, international development organisations and the Ministry of Defence.
Others continue to postgraduate study, either at Leeds or elsewhere, to develop translation skills or further explore topics in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, which can lead to PhD study and a career in academia.
We are committed to helping you achieve your career ambitions. The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies careers and employability support includes promoting internships, providing opportunities to work for the School and employer-led workshops and events.
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- Muslim Beliefs: From Theology to Sunni-Shi'a Sectarianism
- Early and Medieval Islamic History
- Arab and Islamic Civilisation
- Religion in Modern Britain
- Arabic Grammar and Translation
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
Living costs for Leeds
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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