Arabic and International Relations BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: TLP2
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)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No
From the Arabic language to International Relations theory and Middle Eastern politics, this varied degree allows you to become fluent in a major world language while gaining an in-depth insight into the ways that countries interact with each other.
Core modules will build your knowledge of Arabic from beginners’ level, while introducing you to the key concepts and theories of international relations. You’ll also spend a year in an Arabic-speaking country to improve your language skills and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Optional modules in both subjects will allow you to shape your degree to suit you, with topics including Comparative Politics, development, US foreign policy, terrorism and security studies, the culture and society of the Arab world, Middle East history and politics or skills like Arabic-English translating or interpreting.
It’s a fascinating opportunity to gain a wide range of skills and explore some of the major political challenges facing the modern world.Back to top
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
Your first year will involve core language modules to give you a good grounding in Arabic, while you’ll also be introduced to Arab and Islamic history and key issues in global politics. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules, which brings your two subjects together. This year is designed to prepare you for the next, which you’ll spend at a university in an Arabic-speaking country to really develop your language skills.
When you return to Leeds, you’ll have deeper cultural awareness and a new perspective to bring to your studies. You’ll take advanced language classes and gain an understanding of theory behind international relations, as well as issues such as security and the complexities of Middle Eastern politics.
A wide range of optional modules will also be available, allowing you to choose from topics like the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism and insurgency, Arab cinema and European politics. You’ll also apply the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.
You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.
|Beginning Arabic 1||20 credits|
|Beginning Arabic 2||20 credits|
|Early and Medieval Islamic History||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Politics, Culture and Society||20 credits|
|Comparative Politics||20 credits|
|International Politics||20 credits|
|Year Abroad||120 credits|
|Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation||20 credits|
|Essential Skills in Practical Arabic||20 credits|
|Theories of International Relations||20 credits|
|Security Studies||20 credits|
|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|
|Contemporary Arabic Media||20 credits|
|Politics and Policy in the EU||20 credits|
|State and Politics in Africa||20 credits|
|United States Politics||20 credits|
|Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations||20 credits|
|Advanced Skills in Arabic Language||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Arabic Stylistics||20 credits|
|Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict||20 credits|
|Advanced Media Arabic: Translation Skills in Text Typology||20 credits|
|The Politics of Aid||20 credits|
|Politics of Islamism||20 credits|
|Israel: Politics and Society||20 credits|
|Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
The Schools of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Politics and International Studies (Polis) are both home to tutors who are leading researchers in their fields.We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from their expertise. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, but you may also participate in workshops occasionally. Independent study is also a vital part of the degree, since this is where you really develop your critical and research skills.
Assessment takes many forms. These include exams and essays, but some modules may also assess you on oral presentations or group work. Support will be available throughout your degree, including extra classes on issues like exam technique and public speaking.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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 Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
M1, M1, M1
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.
European Baccalaureate: 77%
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.
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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
A Joint Honours degree in Arabic and International Relations will give you fluency in a major world language, a deep understanding of another culture and keen political awareness. All of this will equip you for a wide range of careers at home and abroad, but you’ll also have a broad base of transferable skills.
You’ll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your ideas clearly. You’ll also be capable of working in a team or independently, and possess good research and analytical skills. Spending a year abroad will prove you’re adaptable and resilient, and you’ll have organisational skills from managing two subjects. You’ll also have an international outlook that allows you to appreciate other cultures and points of view.
Graduates have gone onto a wide range of careers including diplomacy, the civil service, journalism, the media, business and finance, marketing and education. Many others have pursued postgraduate study or specialised training in language-based roles such as translation or interpreting.
You’ll spend your second year at the Arabic Language Institute in Fes (ALIF), 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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