Arab and Islamic Studies

  • 6th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • 2nd in the UK for world-leading research
  • Work placements overseas to support your career development
  • Excellent study facilities
  • Sharjah Scholarships of up to £1,500 a year available to MArabic students
  • Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken language in the world. We offer unprecedented support for study abroad including dialect training and staff visits; to help our students build excellent language skills, enhancing their employability.

Our undergraduate programmes in Arabic and Islamic studies and Middle East studies are taught at the University’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, one of the Europe’s most renowned centres for research and teaching on the Arab and Muslim world.

We believe we offer the most rigorous and advanced Arabic training at undergraduate level of any UK university. Our four-year MArabic programme offers intensive language training, unparalleled study abroad and work experience opportunities. If you want to concentrate on the study of the region instead of specialising in Arabic, we offer a BA in Middle East Studies. Students on both programmes benefit from a comprehensive education in the literature, culture, history, politics and economics of this fascinating region. Modules relate directly to our research interests, meaning you will be taught by experts and will be up-to-date with contemporary issues.

The Institute has an outstanding international reputation, especially for our focus on the Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic studies, and a high national ranking for academic excellence. The Institute’s atmosphere is cosmopolitan and international with staff and students from a wide range of cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds contributing to a lively, friendly community.

Our impressive building is the largest purpose-built Middle East centre in the UK, and is constructed in an architectural style evocative of the region. It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a computerised language lab, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, lounge, satellite TV for viewing Middle Eastern channels and a gallery for Middle Eastern art exhibitions. Additionally, the Arab World Documentation Unit based in the Research Commons is a valuable research resource, housing numerous collections of academic textbooks, press cuttings, government papers and reports, periodicals, pamphlets, business yearbooks, and much more, with material in English, Arabic and Hebrew.