Arabic is one of the world's major languages, and this degree will allow you to become proficient while you build your understanding of the cultural and historical contexts that have shaped the Middle East.
You'll benefit from a firm grounding in spoken and written Arabic - which you'll strengthen by spending a year in Morocco - while gaining insight into the cultural, social and political issues that have shaped the Middle East. You could even learn Persian or Turkish. At the same time, you will build critical, analytical and advanced communication skills that are popular with employers.
We 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. There are also plenty of resources to help you get the best from your studies, from our manuscript archives to our Interpreter Training Suites. Leeds provides everything you need to build a real understanding of Arabic and the cultures that have shaped it.
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).
Your first year will introduce you to the modern history and politics of the Middle East, while we support you through language classes to improve your Arabic skills. Then, you'll broaden your understanding and develop your language skills further as you spend your second year in Morocco, combining Arabic lessons with the freedom to get out and explore the fascinating culture of the region.
By the time you return to Leeds, your Arabic skills will be ready to refine in core language modules across the next two years. However, you'll also choose from a variety of optional modules so you can build a degree that suits you, whether you're interested in Arab cinema, the relationships between Islamic countries or the role that Islam plays in contemporary society.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
This degree combines rigorous language study with deep cultural insight. As a result, it equips you with a whole range of 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, or pursued postgraduate training in these areas to help their career ambitions. But 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.
We're committed to helping you achieve your career ambitions. The Faculty of Arts offers a number of internships every year, and we work closely with the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies' Work Placements Officer to source internship and training opportunities.
Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your second year at either the Arabic Language Institute in Fes (ALIF) in Fes, Morocco, or the Alexandria Centre for Languages (ACL) in Egypt.
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.