Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


This two year degree provides an integrated programme designed for those with significant existing amount of Arabic who wish to further expand their language skills in conjunction with developing their knowledge of the Middle East, its history, politics and culture.

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During the first year you will take Arabic language courses that will cover a wide selection of topics that will develop your core language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – in a dynamic, communicative style and will prepare you for your study abroad in the Arab world during the summer. You will also take discursive courses (both core and options) that will allow you to expand your knowledge of Arab history, politics and culture.

The second year of the programme will consolidate your language with additional skills to handle Modern Standard Arabic and Educated Spoken Arabic of the Levant and/or Egypt in a wide variety of settings. Lesson content includes contemporary Arabic literature, press and other source material, taught by experts not only in the Arabic language and pedagogy, but many other aspects of life and culture in the Arab world. Coursework includes writing essays, conducting academic and media interviews, and adapting literary texts for performance – all in Arabic. The second year also includes courses in research skills and extensive support in preparation for the final dissertation or media project.