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Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: QT46

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
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

Overview

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.

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

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.

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
Early and Medieval Islamic History 20 credits
Introduction to the Middle East: Politics, Culture and Religion 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 Islamic Theology 20 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 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
Culture and Society in the Arab World 20 credits
Modern Middle Eastern History 20 credits

Optional modules

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 20 credits
Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature 20 credits
Islamic Law: Theory and Practice 20 credits
Contemporary Arabic Media 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Arabic Stylistics 20 credits
Advanced Skills in Arabic Language 20 credits

Optional modules

Arab Drama on Stage and Screen 20 credits
Islam and Modernity 20 credits
Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict 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 Middle Eastern 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

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles. Your lecturers are all experts in their fields, and you will be able to benefit from their knowledge in lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials. Workshops may also be part of the mix in some modules.

However, the biggest difference between school and university is that independent learning is a much bigger element of your studies, allowing you to build your research skills and think critically about the range of different sources you can access. We offer plenty of support on everything from choosing your modules to making the most of our excellent library resources.

Assessment

Exams and course essays are normally the main methods of assessment we use, but depending on your module choices you may also be assessed by oral presentations or group work. Throughout your degree, we’ll be on hand to offer support; we run extra classes on topics such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique.

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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

International

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

Fees

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

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.

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, 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.

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

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