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Middle Eastern Studies BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    This degree gives you a deep and wide-ranging understanding of the history, politics and culture of the Middle East. From the early history of the Arabs and Islam to the complex international relations of today, you’ll build your knowledge of the religious, social, cultural and political life of a diverse and fascinating region.

    Core modules will build up your knowledge base on the key issues and themes in Middle Eastern studies, but you’ll choose from a range of optional modules to shape a programme that suits you. You can choose from a variety of topics, from Arab cinema to the Qur’an and Islamic legal theory.

    You don’t need to be able to speak Arabic, but you’re also welcome if you do – and at every level of study, you can choose Arabic language modules to develop those skills. You can even try something different by learning Turkish or Persian. Whether you decide to do this or not, you’ll still develop a real insight into the context of communities across the Middle East.

    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

    Leeds has a wealth of facilities for students of Middle Eastern studies. Our departmental archive contains 500 Arabic manuscripts, as well as 10,000 archaeological artefacts that ranging from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras. It’s a fantastic research resource – as is our library, which has extensive collections relating to Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.

    If you choose to study Arabic or another Middle Eastern language during your degree, you’ll find that Leeds has excellent language facilities too, including a fully equipped Language Centre with digital language labs, audio-visual booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). There’s also our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies and Interpreter Training Suites to help you explore your career options.

  • Course content

    Core modules in your first year will give you a sense of the diverse politics, history and civilisations that have shaped the Middle East today. You’ll also begin to tailor your degree to your interests, with optional modules allowing you to explore areas such as the region’s media, Islamic theology or even new languages.

    The following year you’ll be able to build on this knowledge as you explore issues such as Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict and modern Middle Eastern society while choosing from a range of optional modules on topics from the Qur’an to Islamic legal theory.

    Throughout your studies, you’ll develop critical and research skills alongside your subject knowledge. In your final year you will continue to strengthen these across your module choices, but you will also put them into practice in your final year project – an independent piece of research on a topic of your own choosing.

    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

    • Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation 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
    • Arabic for Beginners 20 credits
    • Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • Global Development Challenges 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 20 credits
    • Culture and Society in the Arab World 20 credits
    • Modern Middle Eastern History 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Islamic Law: Theory and Practice 20 credits
    • Contemporary Arabic Media 20 credits
    • Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century 20 credits
    • Globalization: Equality and Diversity 20 credits
    • The Sociology of Culture 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict 20 credits
    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    • Arab Drama on Stage and Screen 20 credits
    • Islam and Modernity 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read 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

    Your tutors are experts in their fields, and they share their knowledge through a number of different teaching and learning styles. Lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials are all important, while workshops may also be used in some modules. You’ll also spend more time studying independently, researching topics and reading widely to develop your critical and analytical skills. Support is always available, too – lecturers will even advise you on your choice of modules.

    Assessment

    We also use different types of assessment. Normally exams and essays will be the biggest components, but in some modules you may also be assessed on oral presentations or group work. We also offer plenty of support in preparation for assessment, with extra classes on issues like structuring essays, public speaking and exam technique.

  • 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

    Middle Eastern studies is a fascinating subject that will give you deep cultural awareness of a fascinating and complex part of the world. It will also equip you with a variety of transferable skills. You’ll have strong research skills, and you’ll be able to think critically about the information you find before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll also be able to communicate your views clearly and defend them in debate – all of which are skills in demand from employers.

    Graduates have gone into careers in the media, business and finance, administration, the civil service and government departments, think tanks, the charity sector and global organisations such as the United Nations, where an understanding of the region’s culture and politics is vital.

    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.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.


    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.