University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

This programme offers you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the cultural, political, religious and historical dimensions which contributed to the making of the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and will shape its development in the 21st Century. You will be taught by experts on the MENA region, with a strong research record. Alongside the core study of Islam and politics, the programme offers a wide range of subject areas, which examine the region from diverse perspectives. You will also have the opportunity to learn the Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related subject other equivalent qualifications/work experience. For non-native English speakers, an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in all components) is required.

Course modules

Core modules: Islam, politics and culture in the Middle East and North Africa; research methods and bibliography; dissertation in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Optional modules: Authoritarianism, popular revolt and democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa; Islam and modernity; Hadith studies (history, criticism and canonisation); Islam and modernity; modern Arabic media; Muslim intellectual encounter with contemporary thought; Turkish, Persian, and Arabic (at all levels).

Assessment methods

Assessment is based a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules. This may include unseen examinations, essays, oral presentations and poster presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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