Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Degree programmes

Our undergraduate degree programmes develops an awareness of and interest in all aspects of Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures.

It will foster an appreciation of the richness and diversity of the discipline, a knowledge and understanding of social practices, intellectual achievement and political perspectives from early times to the present day, and examine how these have had an influence beyond the region.

Alongside the linguistic skills each programme aims to equip the student with historical skills for the analysis of societies and cultures, the ability to recognise and appreciate the role of religious experience and to relate these to contemporary culture.

MA Honours in Arabic

Muslim children
The main language of over 250 million people in the Middle East and North Africa, Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world and one of the six official languages of the UN.

MA Honours in Islamic Studies

Men leaving a Mosque
Islam is the religion of almost a quarter of all human beings alive today.

MA Honours in Middle Eastern Studies

Map of the Middle East
The Middle East lies at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, and is the birthplace of Judaism, Chrisitianity and Islam, among other religions.

MA Honours in Persian Studies

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque
Persian is one of the major languages of Middle East and Central Asia.