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Undergraduate Study

BA Arabic and Politics - 2024 entry

Please note: The below is for 2024 entries. Click here for 2025 entries.
UCAS code T606
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Arab and Islamic Studies

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Typical offer

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A levels: ABB
IB: 32/655

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBC
IB: 28/554


  • You will gain a high level of proficiency in Arabic and a nuanced understanding of Middle East politics, democracy and international relations
  • No language study or previous knowledge of Arabic is required. The programme includes a period of study in an Arabic-speaking country
  • Our flexible programme, with a wide range of optional modules, means you can tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions
  • Get involved with the Politics and Arabic & Middle East Student societies and participate in a range of co-curricula activities and socials
  • Learning Arabic and studying politics at Exeter opens up career paths across the public and private sector in the UK and in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Sharjah Scholarships are available on this programme

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Top 100 for Politics in world subject rankings

QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

1st for Middle Eastern and African Studies

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Largest purpose-built Middle East centre in the UK

Unprecedented support for study abroad including dialect training and staff visits

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level ABB n/a
IB 32/655 n/a
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Access to HE 24 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 21 L3 credits at Merit Grade. N/A
T-Level Distinction N/A
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBC
IB: 28/554

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other accepted qualifications

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English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Course content

The BA Arabic and Politics 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.

You may also be able to take up to 30 credits each year from outside the department (under modularity) as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

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.

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
ARA1033A Elementary Arabic Language I 30
ARA1033B Elementary Arabic Language II 30
ARA1010 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East 15
POL1029 Introduction to Comparative Politics 15

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
ARA2000 Year Abroad 120

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
ARA2139 Intermediate Arabic Language II 30
POL2046 The Economics of Politics 15
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
ARA3103 Advanced Arabic Language 30
ARA3106 Dissertation 30


Tuition fees for 2024 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,700 per year

Information about Sharjah Scholarships


The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

We use a wide range of teaching methods as well as encouraging independent study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Study groups
  • Textual study
  • Web-based learning
  • Tutorial and discussion
  • Interactive classes for language modules

You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Dissertation in final year of study

You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.

Where will I study?

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies has its own dedicated building that includes a state-of-the-art language laboratory and computing facilities for undergraduate students.


ExeTalks are a chance to discover some of the fascinating research undertaken at the University of Exeter delivered by the academics who teach on our programmes.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Social Data Science

Find out more about proficiency options

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Your future

Develop skills valued by employers

A degree in Arabic and Politics will give you an appreciation and understanding of the culture, history and language of the Middle East which will be valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. Alongside this you will gain a range of academic and professional skills including:

  • Analytical, critical and independent thinking
  • Independent research
  • Discussion and group work
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Organising, planning and time management

Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award

Many of our students participate 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.

Career paths

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.

(* This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey)

Job title

  • Acting Head of Middle East and Africa Team
  • Associate Professor
  • English Teacher
  • Graduate Management Trainee
  • Intern: Parliamentary Assistant for an MP
  • Officer Cadet
  • Research Associate
  • Royal Marine Officer
  • Teacher
  • Writer


  • Anglo-Continental School of English
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Cognolink Limited
  • Exeter College
  • International School of Choueifat
  • MP Labour ‘Labour Friends of Palestin’
  • HM Government
  • Royal United Services Institute
  • The University of King Abdulaziz

Further Study

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.

Subject area

  • 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
  • MA Translation
  • 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
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • Cairo University

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers.

The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

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