Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 days
  • English (book IELTS)
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Gain an insight into the modern Middle East with this varied degree, which allows you to explore the formation and evolution of the Middle East and North Africa from many different perspectives. The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies programme is offered by the University of Leeds.


Core modules will help you develop your research skills and introduce you to the ways in which Islam, culture and politics relate to each other across the region. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules, allowing you to explore social, cultural, political and religious issues or even learn Arabic, Turkish or Persian from beginner level.

You could study Arab media, popular revolts, the Hadith, development issues or even the lives of Muslims in multicultural societies worldwide. With modules offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, it’s a fascinating and interdisciplinary opportunity to learn about life in a diverse and complex region.

The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies programme is offered by the University of Leeds.
Specialist resources

At Leeds we have a wealth of resources to help you make the most of your studies. Our archives contain 500 Arabic manuscripts and 10,000 archaeological artefacts, ranging from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras.

There are also extensive library resources in our world-class Brotherton Library, and our fully equipped Language Centre features digital language labs, audio-video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) to help you develop your language skills.

We are committed to helping you to develop skills in critical reading, academic analysis and the presentation of your ideas and research and offer students dedicated sessions on these themes.

This programme is also available to study part-time.

Programme Structure

Course content

Core modules will lay the foundations of the programme, introducing you to research methods and bibliography to prepare you for your own research and exploring the relationship between Islam, culture and politics in the Middle East and North Africa. You’ll then choose from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to pursue your interests.

You’ll be expected to choose at least some modules in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, which means you could learn Arabic, Persian or Turkish from scratch, explore Arab drama or media or study popular revolts and democracy.

However, you can also choose from relevant modules offered by the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science and the School of Politics and International Studies on topics such as Middle Eastern politics, the links between religion and global development or Muslims and multiculturalism among others.

By the end of the programme in September, you’ll be able to showcase the skills and knowledge you’ve developed when you research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

If you choose to study part-time, you'll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Learning and teaching
To help you make the most of our tutors’ expertise, we use a range of teaching and learning methods. Most of your modules will involve lectures and weekly seminars where you’ll discuss your reading and research, while language modules will involve intensive practical classes in small groups.
Depending on the modules you choose, you may experience different forms of assessment. Usually these will include essays, exams, oral presentations, practical assessments and even seminar participation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 days
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in a related subject. Professional experience will also be considered.
International qualifications
  • We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee


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