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Arabic and Islamic Studies, BA

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BAFull-time4 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250 per yearGBP 17500 per year

About Arabic and Islamic Studies, BA - at University of Leeds

Develop a broad understanding of Islamic culture in this wide-ranging degree, which mixes language study with the religious and theological aspects of Islamic practice to give you a balanced sense of language, religion and civilisation.

Core modules will introduce you to key issues in Arab and Islamic history and theology, while optional modules will allow you to explore the areas that interest you, from literature and the Qur'an to the media and the complex arena of politics in the Islamic world. You could even learn Turkish or Persian.

At the same time, you'll develop advanced Arabic language skills and cultural awareness - which you will sharpen during a year abroad in either Morocco or Egypt. You'll also gain valuable transferable skills that will really appeal to employers.

With an active student community, excellent resources and tutors who are experts in their fields, Leeds is a great place to study Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Year 1 can be studied part-time over two years through the Lifelong Learning Centre. The remaining years will be completed full-time through the School. For more information visit Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies on the Lifelong Learning Centre website.

At Leeds we have a wealth of resources to help you make the most of your studies. Our departmental archive holds 500 Arabic manuscripts and as many as 10,000 archaeological artefacts ranging from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras, offering plenty of original sources for research. These are complemented by our excellent library resources - and the University Library runs a comprehensive training programme so you can take the fullest advantage of them.

However, we also have a wide range of electronic resources, including specialised computing facilities for Translation Studies and dedicated Interpreter Training Suites so you can explore different career options. There is also a fully equipped Language Centre with digital language labs, audio-video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

  • Course content

    Core modules in your first year will introduce you to Islamic texts, history, culture and civilisation, as well as practical Arabic language skills - which you will then build and refine as you spend Year 2 in either Egypt or Morocco.

    When you return, you'll be able to work on your language skills in areas such as translation, but you'll also be able to choose from a range of optional modules to focus on the areas that interest you. Throughout your degree, you'll build your critical, analytical and research skills, and in your final year you'll put them into practice with a piece of independent research.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: ABB

      • Career opportunities

        A degree in a subject as broad and demanding as Arabic and Islamic Studies gives you valuable subject-specific knowledge - but it also equips you with transferable skills that are employers are always seeking.

        You'll have advanced communication skills, both verbally and in writing, and you'll use them to present your opinions and ideas effectively. You'll also be able to think critically about information from different sources and form your own opinions, as well as having strong cultural awareness.

        As a result, graduates have progressed into a wide range of careers. There is a growing need for Arabic language skills worldwide, and many graduates are working in translation, commerce and teaching. However, others have moved into the creative industries, business and finance, law, journalism, the civil service and the charity sector.

        We're committed to helping you to pursue your career ambitions. Within the School, we offer some career-specific modules to help you explore your options, or you can gain hands-on experience with one of the internships the Faculty of Arts offers every year.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        You'll spend your second year at either the Arabic Language Institute in Fes (ALIF) in Fes, Morocco.

        It's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, and when you're not in your intensive language classes there will be plenty of time to travel and explore the region. For many of our students, it's the highlight of their course.

        Read more about Residence abroad in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Entry requirements for this course

    Contact University of Leeds to find course entry requirements.

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