Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

With its multicultural population and Middle Eastern communities, Manchester offers the ideal setting for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.

The interest and importance of the Middle East has long been recognised at The University of Manchester where the languages, history, religions, literatures and cultures of the Middle East have been taught for over 100 years.

Teaching is informed by the research of internationally reputed staff with expertise in the fields of contemporary politics, modern and classical history, religious studies, literature, film, and Middle Eastern cultures and societies.

Our courses attract students from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds, cultivating a lively and stimulating working environment.

Past graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as the British Council, Cambridge University Press, Reuters, the BBC, the International Crisis Group, the Ministry of Defence and Amnesty International.


    Why Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Manchester?

    • Study Arabic language from beginner’s level, on its own or alongside a range of other subjects.
    • Join a department ranked Top 10 in the UK for Middle Eastern and African Studies (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).
    • Get a real taste of the Middle East in Manchester’s Asian and Jewish quarters.
    • Be part of a close-knit academic community which offers friendly support and teaching.
    • Diverse student population from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.
    • In-demand expertise and superb employment prospects in a wide range of fields.