- You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of the dynamics of the contemporary Middle East including Middle Eastern ethnography, economy and economic development, gender and identity, politics, culture and arts, and religion and society
- No language study or previous knowledge of Arabic required although you are free to study Persian or Arabic if you wish
- Our flexible module choices allow you to tailor your programme to your interests as you progress through your degree
- Our academics have expertise across the social sciences and modern history, providing a balanced, multidisciplinary study of the area
- You’ll develop an appreciation and understanding of the culture, history and language of the Middle East which can open up career paths in a wide variety of areas in both the public and private sectors
2nd in the UK for world-leading research
Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*. Arab and Islamic Studies is returned to the Area Studies Unit of assessment.
Largest purpose-built Middle East centre in the UK
Unprecedented support for study abroad including dialect training and staff visits
6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAA - AAB||n/a|
|IB||36/666 - 34/665||n/a|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Where a grade A is required in two subjects, offers will be AAC. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
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
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.
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.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £19,500 per year *
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2022 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2021 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2022 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
We use a wide range of teaching methods as well as encouraging independent study
- 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?
- 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.
Develop skills valued by employers
A degree in Middle East Studies 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.
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)
- 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
- 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 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
- 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 based within Colleges.
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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