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Arabic and International Relations BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    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.

    Specialist facilities

    The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

    If you’re choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

  • Course content

    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.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    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.

    Compulsory modules

    • 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 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
    • Theories of International Relations 20 credits
    • Security Studies 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • 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

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Skills in Arabic Language 20 credits
    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • 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

    For more information on typical modules, read Arabic and International Relations 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

    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

    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.

  • 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.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    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.

    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: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also 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.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    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.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    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