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BA Arabic Studies
Gain an in-depth knowledge and real-life experience of Middle Eastern language and culture.

BA Arabic Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
4 years
Typical A-level offer

ABB-BBB  Evidence of language study at GCSE or above preferred

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

31 - 34 points overall (core points accepted)

Higher Level Requirements - 6,5,5 -5,5,5

Evidence of language study at GCSE level (or equivalent) or above preferred

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS
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Course description

BA (Hons) Arabic Studies

Allows students to achieve near-native proficiency in modern Arabic and to study the language within its cultural and historical context.   Students start as absolute beginners and go through to an advanced level over four years.

  • The course also looks more widely at Arab culture and literature and introduces students to social and cultural trends in the Arab Middle East and beyond. 
  • The course is carefully structured so that students can measure their progress step by step. Learning modern Arabic also opens the door to the vast literature of classical Arabic, including religious and secular texts, and provides a perfect platform from which to learn one or more of the colloquial dialects.
  • The third year of study is spent at an academic institution in an Arab country, an ideal way to improve students' fluency in the language while gaining a fascinating first hand experience of the Arab world. 

Course includes:

  • Modern Arabic language courses: Gain competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension, while developing knowledge and understanding of the Arab World.. 
  • Arabic-based thematic courses: Study documents which introduce you to the cultures of the medieval Arab World; read contemporary literature reflecting life and social trends in modern Arab countries.

A choice from a wide variety of options to focus on your special interests or to extend your studies to other disciplines open within the University such as linguistics, history, archaeology or the social sciences.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. Find out more here .

Open days

The University holds Open Days regularly (usually June, September and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.

On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, and meet members of academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.


Fees for entry in 2017 have not yet been set. For entry in 2016 the tuition fees were £9,000 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2017 entry.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Thomas Waring
+44 (0)161 275 8129
+44 (0)161 275 3031
Academic department overview

See: About us

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