7th in the UK (Middle Eastern and African Studies)
Complete University Guide League Table, 2019
Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies masters degrees
There is no better time to be studying Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The Arabic language is spoken by over 300 million people across the world. As the official language of 26 countries, knowing Arabic will open up a plethora of career opportunities and allow you to connect with peoples and cultures across the Middle East.
From Morocco in the West to Iran in the East, the region has long been an important hub of culture, religion and history. With the recent uprisings sweeping through Arab countries, sometimes referred to as the “Arab Spring”, the political map of the region is swiftly changing with the result that there has been a sharp increase in the demand for experts on the Middle East.
At Leeds we have expertise in Modern Standard Arabic, Middle East politics, history, Islamic Studies and Arabic literature.
A range of teaching and research
We offer teaching in Arabic language, culture, history, society, politics and religion, with a wealth of opportunities to develop and explore your own interests.
Our language courses are taught by native-speakers and our staff are engaged in a wide range of research projects in:
- Islamic studies
- Middle Eastern history and politics
- gender studies
- Arab media and literature
- linguistics and translation studies.
Our public lectures and research seminars engage with a range of disciplinary interests, including:
- Middle Eastern politics and history
- Arabic language, literature, theatre and film
- Islamic studies (including Qur’an and hadith)
- Arabic media and gender studies.
Excellence in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Excellence in Arabic-English Translation Prizes
A prize of a book voucher or book will be awarded to each of the students who acheive the overall best mark on the MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and the MA in Arabic/English Translation. These will be awarded by the Committee on Scholarships, Studentships and Prizes, on the recommendation of the Head of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
We offer MA by Research and PhD. We offer supervision by academic staff within Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies as well as through joint supervision with other related subject areas. Supervision is available in Arabic language and linguistics, Arabic dialectology, methods and approaches in the teaching of Arabic, Translation Studies, Arabic literature, Islamic studies, Gender Studies, Middle Eastern history, politics and International Relations.
Careers and employability
of our research outputs considered 'world leading'