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Arabic and Islamic Studies BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: TVP6

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No


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.

Part-time study

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.

Specialist resources

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).

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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

Beginning Arabic 1 20 credits
Beginning Arabic 2 20 credits
Introduction to Islamic Theology 20 credits
Early and Medieval Islamic History 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits

Optional modules

Persian for Beginners 20 credits
Turkish for Beginners 20 credits
Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation 20 credits
Introduction to the Middle East: Politics, Culture and Religion 20 credits
Religion in Modern Britain 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation 20 credits
Essential Skills in Practical Arabic 20 credits
Islamic Law: Theory and Practice 20 credits

Optional modules

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 20 credits
Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature 20 credits
Culture and Society in the Arab World 20 credits
Modern Middle Eastern History 20 credits
The Qur'an: History, Text and Intepretation 20 credits
Contemporary Arabic Media 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Arabic Stylistics 20 credits
Advanced Skills in Arabic Language 20 credits
Final Year Project: Extended Essay

Optional modules

Arab Drama on Stage and Screen 20 credits
Islam and Modernity 20 credits
Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict 20 credits
The Hadith: History, Criticism and Canonisation 20 credits
Authoritarianism and Democratisation in the Arab World 20 credits
Advanced Media Arabic: Translation Skills in Text Typology 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Arabic and Islamic Studies BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from a variety of teaching and learning styles, including lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials. Workshops may also be involved in some subjects. However, independent study is also a crucial part of the degree, allowing you to develop your research skills and think critically about different sources. Our tutors are all experts in their subjects and we have a wealth of resources to help you.


We also use different types of assessment. Normally exams and essays make up the bulk of assessment, but oral presentations and group work may also be included. Plenty of support is available – we offer extra classes on topics such as exam technique, public speaking, research and structuring essays throughout the course of your degree.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

  • BTEC

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    M1, M1, M1

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 77%

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

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.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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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.

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Placement opportunities

Residency abroad

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

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