BA Middle East Studies
|Typical offer||AAB-BBB; IB: 34-30|
|Discipline||Arab and Islamic Studies|
No previous knowledge of Arabic is required.
This degree programme will help you to achieve a high level of social scientific understanding of the Middle East. No language study is required, although you are free to study Persian or Arabic if you wish. In the case of Arabic, students with no prior knowledge may take elementary modules, and students with some knowledge of the language will be assessed to find their level. Compulsory and optional modules cover Middle Eastern ethnography, economy and economic development, gender and identity, politics, culture and arts, and religion and society.
I am a mature student and have lived in Exeter for 24 years. It was purely luck that I was living in Exeter and the University of Exeter is deemed one of the best places to study Islamic and Middle Eastern studies throughout the UK not least because it holds the largest number of Islamic Studies related literature in the UK. My modules surrounding the ongoing conflict in Palestine/Israel are probably my favourite topics and I consider myself an active participant in many forms of awareness-raising, ranging from Islamophobia to domestic violence to human trafficking and beyond. The staff are amazing; extremely supportive, approachable and helpful. Our lecturers come from various backgrounds and bring with them a diverse range of expertise and experience.
Neomi Alam, BA Middle East Studies.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The BA Middle East Studies degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can also take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, which need not be taken in The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.
Entry requirements 2018
AAB-BBB; IB: 34-30
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching methods make full use of seminars, study groups and web-based learning. Language modules take place in small interactive classes of about 15-20 students, using the language laboratory, satellite TV, the internet and computer-assisted language learning. Non-language modules are delivered through small group lectures, seminars and textual study, tutorials and discussion.
You'll get on average ten contact hours per week with tutors (teaching time) in language-based programmes. You are also expected to invest a lot of time in independent study outside of these contact hours; this involves individual study, contact with your study-group (for example, in preparation for seminars), and contact with your personal tutor. The exact amount of time spent working independently varies from module to module, but you should expect your total workload to average 40 hours per week during term time.
A flexible system of module choice allows you to tailor your programme to your particular interests as you progress. We'll teach you to work independently, to research, analyse and synthesise new and unfamiliar material and to communicate clearly using both the written and spoken word. In seminar presentations you'll acquire the skill of confidently delivering coherent and precise arguments to an audience, as well as learning how to receive comments and criticism and develop the ability to lead in a team/group situation.
We're actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.
All students have a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout their studies.
Research-inspired teaching ensures lectures are up-to-date and relevant so that you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach third year options which are linked to their own interests, which include the study of history and social sciences in the Middle East and Muslim world, Islamic studies, and language and literature including studies in Persian and Kurdish.
You will be assessed by exam and coursework, including essay writing and a dissertation (in the last year of study). An informal element of continuous assessment is also in place so you can gain on-going feedback on your progress. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For three-year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.
A degree in Middle East Studies gives you an appreciation and understanding of the culture, history and language of the Middle East. You will develop analytical and research skills as well as an awareness of different interpretations of issues and events, develop opinions and use effective communication skills to put forward your ideas and conclusions. You will also develop your time-management skills.
All these skills are valued by employers from many different fields and can open up career paths in a wide variety of areas from academic research and government work to more commercially-based careers in law and business.
Many students take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.
Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.
Below are a few examples* of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Arab and Islamic Studies undergraduate programmes. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
|Acting Head of Middle East and Africa Team
Graduate Management Trainee
Intern: Parliamentary Assistant for an MP
Royal Marine Officer
|Anglo-Continental School of English
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
International School of Choueifat
MP Labour 'Labour Friends of Palestine'
Royal United Services Institute
The University of King Abdulaziz
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation. Below are a few examples* of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
|MA Kurdish Studies
MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies
MA Modern Middle Eastern Politics,
MA International Studies with Diplomacy
MPhil Middle Eastern Studies
Arabic and Islamic Studies
PhD Arabic Literature
PhD Semitic Studies
PhD Islamic Studies
|University of Oxford
University of Exeter
SOAS University of London
University of Durham
University of Leeds
University of Edinburgh
University of Chicago
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Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise our graduates’ employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.
* This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey
You will be encouraged to research and reflect on a range of work-related questions such as the nature of an organisation and your role within it, employment practices including induction, health and safety procedures, self-appraisal and continuing professional development.
By practising specific skills for employment, including the writing of CVs, application forms and supporting statements, you will become better prepared for the world of work beyond university.