Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies BA (Hons)

This flexible programme (full-time / part-time) specialising in Middle-Eastern culture, society, and language(s) offers you the opportunity to become an expert on Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture, religion and politics. The course reflects the increasingly critical domain of international relations and religion and addresses contemporary issues, such as religious conflict associated with social problems emerging in the current global order.  

You can enhance your language skills and cultural understanding during the optional period abroad. Arabic is the core language, but you can mix with other modules based on your preference. Lecturers have links with the industry; they use research in their teaching to make it more innovative.

This course is designed to enhance your employment opportunities, particularly if you are seeking work in the Middle East or with international organisations, the media, politics or security. Former students have gone to work in recruitment, teaching in the UK and overseas.  


  • Theory and Practice of Interpreting and Translation
  • Interpreting Methodologies;
  • The Influence of Language post 9/11
  • International political theory, continental philosophy and sociology of religion
  • Islamic Manuscripts, Jurisprudence and Thought
  • Islamic Philosophy and Islamic Finance
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Political philosophies


  • ​Cultural Integration and Identity and Cross-Cultural Business Communication;
  • Arabic and World Cinema;
  • Integrating Personal Development Planning and Study Skills into the Curriculum;
  • Applied Language Teaching;
  • Second Language Acquisition;
  • The Links between Language Learning and Cultural Acquisition;
  • Intercultural Communication;
  • Assessment, Testing and Quality Enhancement



Language Laboratory

Worldwise Learning Centre

The Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries and the School of Language and Global Studies embrace a communicative approach to teaching. Whilst we place emphasis on the acquisition of a high-level of communicative competence in Arabic, this is in the context of a commitment to the intellectual development of students. It is the aim of our course to impart a knowledge base, extend students’ capacities for analysis, critical awareness and evaluation, and develop intellectual and personal skills through discussion, debate and argument of issues arising from the materials studied. In addition, we aim to develop important transferable skills, for instance problem-solving, presentation and team-working skills, which can be applied to a wide range of situations.

The School stresses the value of the active engagement of its students in the learning process. We actively promote a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Students are encouraged at all levels to share responsibility for their own learning and to acquire skills in understanding how they learn.

Lectures will be reinforced through visiting scholars or special guest speakers related to the course, plus occasional field trips through travel bursaries or grants.

Research and teaching in the School are interchangeable. This means that you will be taught by members of staff who are engaged in a wide range of research projects, ensuring that your learning experience with us will be informed by relevant and cutting-edge research. The teaching and research interests of staff within the School cover a broad spectrum.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3-4 years, part-time: 6-8 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

AK1010 Double Arabic language module
AK1005 Middle Eastern Folklore
RB1005 Introduction to Islam
AK1002 Middle Eastern History & Contemporary Society
A Language elective, Level 1 (Farsi, Turkish, Russian, Urdu or Hebrew)


Year 2


AK2000 Single Language module
AK2001 Single Language module
AK2002 Single Language /Middle Eastern dialects


PO2110 History of Political ideas
RB2006 Qur’anic Studies: Revelation & Reformation
RB2000 Fundamentalism & Cultural Heritage
AK2005 Arabic and the Written Word*
AK2004 Contemporary Female Middle Eastern Writers
AK2006 The Middle East through Music and Film
ML2882 Period Abroad

Year 3/4


AK3000 Single Language module
AK3001 Single Language module
AK3003 Arabic-English Translation
ML3990 Single Dissertation, OR
ML 3995 Double dissertation



IR3001 Ethics, War and Society
PO3112 Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy
RB3007 Religion, Media and Culture
RB3005 Political Islam & Islamic Movements
AK3004 Arabic for Business
AK3005 Middle Eastern Literature in English


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

All modules will be assessed. Overall, assessment of performance is designed to determine accurately the extent to which students have met the objectives of the modules they have taken. Where objectives emphasise particular competences and/or skills, then these will be reflected in the assessment. The assessment patterns will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and practical abilities over a range of activities. It will reinforce the development of independent study and will encourage academic autonomy.

The Assessment Strategy we use on the BA (Hons) Middle Eastern Studies is both formative and summative in approach. It is formative in that it is designed in a manner to provide you with feedback on your progress at regular intervals and at all levels of the programme. It is summative in that it provides an assessment profile of the student for consideration at the appropriate assessment board.

Practical tests for skills’ consolidation in controlled conditions will complement a variety of coursework formats including:

  • Analysis tasks
  • Case studies, simulations and independent learning tasks
  • Essays/reports
  • Oral tests/examinations
  • (Project) presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Research projects/dissertations
  • Written tests/examinations

In the first and second years of the programme, in-class tests form an integral part of the assessment strategy: as well as a vehicle for communicating your subject knowledge, these tests also provide an opportunity to prepare for the final-year examinations.

There are a variety of services to support students and these include:

WISER gives academic guidance to all students enrolled at the University. They help students in all subject areas, undergraduate or postgraduate, where you learn how to study more effectively and write better. They help students develop the formal communication skills that are necessary for academic success and will be invaluable in future employment.

The Worldwise Centre, is viewed as an essential tool in our student-centred approach to language teaching. Their website currently offers information on a number of languages and their associated cultures. Both the Centre and the website play an important role in offering users information and advice relating to the learning and understanding of international cultures and languages.

LIS provide access to a huge range of electronic resources – e-journals and databases, e-books, images and texts.

All students will find that materials are available from e-Learn, we also encourage students to use any opportunity to watch their target languages television via the Internet. Students are also encouraged to find Podcasts, and web pages with language exercises in order to practice the different skills.

Work experience and international opportunities

While on your study abroad, you get the opportunity to build on your CV through pre-arranged voluntary work; this could be extended on your return to the UK through links forged by the language tutors.

A number of our graduates remain afterwards and work as graduate interns in the Department. Many fieldtrips could be arranged either through the different departments, or the societies you are able to join on enrolment.

Industry Links

You will be taught by native speakers of Arabic who have links to their respective industries and years of teaching experience and research.

The Arabic team at UCLan has links with other academic institutions, such as Sheffield University and Leeds University where they have worked as External Examiners, and as consultants to The Open University and the Arab Open University and the Arabic department at Westminster University, London.

The team includes Chartered Linguists, who are members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL). Additionally, members of the team are employed by the Chartered Institute of Linguists as examiners and trainers.


We have tutors who are registered with The Institute of Translators and Interpreters (ITI) and the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) plus links with the British- Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Our tutors all work closely with charitable organisations registered in the UK and overseas.

The Religion, Culture and Society team have also a wide variety of links with local, national and international faith and intercultural forums, faith schools and academic institutions, all of which provide valuable contacts for students wishing to enter professions related to Teaching, Ministry, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and relations. Out tutors in this field also work with charity organisations both home and abroad and global outreach programmes.

Staff in History, Politics and International Relations teams are all experts in their particular areas of academic study, active researchers and writers and contributors to national evaluations of research and to discussion and debates in the policy and public sphere and in the media. Our History, Politics and International Relations team also have important links and partnerships with a range of important local, regional and national historical and heritage organisations, which inform teaching and research collaborations and provide opportunities for educational placements and work experience. External links and collaboration include the People's History Museum and Co-operative College in Manchester; the National Archives, and the Lancashire Archives.

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Language and Global Studies
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
or email us at: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk | Book a visit

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.