Arab World, Islam and the Middle East


Studying the Arab World, Islam and the Middle East combines units of study on Arabic language and literature, with units on Islam and the societies, cultures and politics of the modern Arab world and the Middle East.

Whether you are interested in learning Arabic for basic communication skills, or in order to use it effectively in business, education, law, health, media, translation or community work, we have appropriate Arabic courses at a range of levels. Studying a combination of units of study in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies will provide you with a strong foundation of expert knowledge of the language, history, politics, society and culture of the Arab world and Islam, and of the Middle East as an important region in the modern world.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area. The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours in Arabic and Islamic Studies consists of a thesis of 18,000-20,000 words and 2500 words of written work, or its equivalent, for each seminar. Each of the two seminars meets weekly for 2 hours, for one semester. The thesis is worth 60% of the final mark and each seminar is worth 20%. While you will receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcripts will record only your final, overall Honours mark.

Related subject areas

Arabic Language and Literature

Our courses that offer this honours subject area