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Study Arabic and Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom

Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies

The Institute has been awarded a 5 rating in the recent Research Assessment Exercise. This exercise is a national rating for research in all higher education departments across Britain. The award of this high rating is testament to the excellence of the research reputation of the Institute.

 Al-Fatah Mosque - Bahrain


The Institute has seven degrees which are listed below.

All our degrees are taught in our new purpose-built building, where there is access to the Arab media through satellite television, excellent information technology facilities, computer-assisted learning material, and an ultra-modern language lab.


For information on the Institute's Scholarships please Click Here.


In some programmes, the second year consists of a study year in an Arab country. To find out which programmes include a year abroad, check the programme links above

BA (SH) in Arabic (4 years)

BA (CH) in French and Arabic (4 years)

BA (CH) in Spanish and Arabic (4 years)

BA (SH) in Arabic and Islamic Studies (4 years)

BA (SH) in Islamic Studies (3 years)

BA (SH) in Middle East Studies, with Arabic (3 years)

BA (SH) in Middle East Studies (3 years)


MA Programmes

MA in Gender and Identity in the Middle East

MA in Middle Eastern Policy Studies

Other MA Programmes offered at the Institute:

MA in Middle East Studies (C497)

MA in Islamic Studies (C498)

MA in Arab Gulf Studies (C499)

MA in Mediterranean Studies

How to apply for one of our Programmes and check for English Language requirements please Click Here.

For more information about Scholarships please Click Here


Application forms are available upon request from the Postgraduate Faculty Office or from the Secretary of the Institute. When completing your form you are asked to give the programme code. Codes for research programmes in the Institute are:

MPhil/PhD in Middle East Studies (M538)/(A538)

MPhil/PhD in Arab Gulf Studies (M13B)/(A13B)

MPhil/PhD in Mediterranean Studies

Middle East Economics

Middle Eastern History

Social Anthropology of the Middle East

Middle Eastern Political Studies

Arabic Language and Literature

Islamic Studies

Supervision is offered in a wide range of specialisations covering language, literature, history, politics, economics, sociology/social anthropology, religion, and culture of the Arab and Islamic World. For details of staff specialisations see the Institute Staff page.

Postal Address:

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

Stocker Road

University of Exeter

Exeter EX4 4ND



Telephone: +44 (0)1392 264036

Fax: +44 (0)1392 264035

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Postal Address:

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

Stocker Road

University of Exeter

Exeter EX4 4ND




+44 (0)1392 264036


+44 (0)1392 264035

Rear view of the new IAIS building