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Undergraduate Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate degrees

Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies is an established subject area at the University. When you choose to study with us, you're joining a supportive and progressive learning community with a global outlook.

Our experienced and notable teaching staff have published across the fields of translation, literature, politics, media, history and Islamic studies — including some of the most widely-used textbooks in the Arabic language.

Learning with us

Throughout your degree you’ll be able to specialise in the areas you find most interesting, from Arab drama, cinema, theatre, media, culture, societies, religion, politics and law.

You'll also be able to study Arabic to an advanced level. Our practical language modules will teach you to speak and write fluently, whilst your year abroad in an Arabic-speaking country gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself within a new culture — allowing you to develop valuable personal and professional skills.

Our courses provide intensive teaching of the Arabic language, as well as courses on Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. We teach Modern Standard Arabic, which is the official written language used throughout the Arab World in virtually all formal circumstances (religious, political, commercial, literary, media). You'll be able to study Arabic to an advanced level; practical language modules will teach you to speak and write fluently.

The University's Language Zone has a range of resources, including books, magazines, audio and video resources, in over 50 languages and provides additional opportunities to practice your language skills through workshops, language exchanges and language groups.

Enrichment opportunities

Beyond your studies, you'll also discover our friendly and inclusive community, which includes our active Middle Eastern Studies Society and Islamic Society, providing a great opportunity to get involved with regular social, sporting, educational and cultural events.


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Adam Ramadhan
Student | BA Arabic and Islamic Studies
"The year abroad I spent in Morocco has undoubtedly been a highlight of the course. I hadn’t travelled much before coming to university so the chance to explore a different country, although daunting and challenging at first, was amazing."