UCAS code: LT26
Duration: 4 years
School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
In Year 1 you will study basic Persian grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills. You will also take courses in modern Middle Eastern history as well as the Introduction to Politics & International Relations and Political Thinkers, an introductory political theory course.
You will continue with your language study and take courses in Islamic history or Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures. You will also study International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond, which examines how states cooperate in international organisations such as the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations, as well as Comparative Politics in a Globalised World, which introduces you to key methods in political science.
You will choose courses from a wide range of politics options in Semester 1 and you will take Intensive Persian in Semester 2 or may have the possibility of studying in a Persian-speaking country.
You will continue to develop your translation and conversational skills and will write your honours dissertation. You will also choose from a range of option courses dealing with different aspects of Iran (including pre-Islamic Persia), Islam and the Middle East and take option courses in politics.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on 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.
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.
You may have the possibility of study abroad in a Persian-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:
Please note that for degrees that have a subject requirement for a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
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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In Year 3 Persian students will usually study abroad in a Persian-speaking country. You will incur associated travel costs.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.