UCAS code: TR64
Duration: 4 years
School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
You will study elementary Arabic to learn basic grammar and develop your vocabulary. You will also take courses in Islamic history and modern Middle Eastern history.
You will study either Spanish 1A or 1B depending on your language skills. You will also study a selection of Spanish literary texts and films.
You will continue with your language studies in Arabic and in Spanish and take courses in the religion of Islam or Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures. You will also continue to study Spanish or Latin American cultures.
If you wish to study Catalan, you can start to learn about the language, history and culture of Catalonia in Year 2.
You will spend Year 3 partly in an Arabic-speaking country and partly in a Spanish-speaking country, improving your language skills and undertaking independent study.
You will continue to develop your language and translation skills and will write your honours dissertation. You will also choose from a range of option courses dealing with different aspects of Islam and the Middle East as well as from a range of specialist courses on Hispanic history, literature and culture.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
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Classes will take place within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, located within the University’s Central Area.
You will have full access to the University’s computer facilities and libraries, which contain specialist resources and a collection of Islamic manuscripts.
In Year 3 you can choose between at least two different countries in the Arabic-speaking world for your study abroad. You will spend a minimum of 11 weeks in an Arabic-speaking country, and a minimum of 9 weeks in a Spanish-speaking country.
Experienced lecturers and language instructors will teach a combination of lectures, tutorials and language classes.
You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework, including essays, exercises, presentations and oral language examinations. You will also complete a dissertation in your final year.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The Middle East is one of the UK's major trading partners so there is a high demand for graduates who speak Arabic or Persian.
Our programmes will also prepare you for careers in the diplomatic service, elsewhere in the civil service or in non-government organisations.
Graduates also enter teaching or the media or begin postgraduate study.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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Year 3 includes study abroad in the Middle East. You will incur associated travel costs (flights, visas etc). For residence abroad for Spanish, we give you a wide range of options. Your costs will depend on where you decide to go and how you spend your time. A placement with an Erasmus work grant, for example, could make this the cheapest year of your programme. Universities outside the EU may charge you a fee for courses but we will reimburse you for this provided the course has been approved. You will be informed about the cost implications as you plan your year abroad, during Year 2.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.