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Guide to studying African & Middle Eastern Studies

African & Middle Eastern Studies is ideal if you're keen to gain a broad knowledge of these regions and at least one foreign language.

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  1. What's African & Middle Eastern Studies?

  2. Why study African & Middle Eastern Studies?

  3. What jobs can you get as an African & Middle Eastern Studies graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?
  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's African & Middle Eastern Studies?

African Studies is the study of the continent's cultures and societies instead of its geology, geography and zoology. The field includes the study of Africa's history, ethnicity, culture, politics and economy.

Middle Eastern Studies is a name given to the study of the history, culture, politics, economies and geography of the Middle East, encompassing Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria.

Similar courses for African & Middle Eastern Studies include: 

  • Modern Middle Eastern Studies
  • African Languages
  • African Literature
  • African Studies
  • Middle Eastern Literatures

Why study African & Middle Eastern Studies?

African & Middle Eastern Studies is a broad subject area with several different course options at various universities. It accommodates multiple topics that engage with the region's diversity and is a suitable pathway into numerous MA and postgraduate courses.

Read our six reasons to study African & Middle Eastern Studies for more information on why you might choose this subject area.

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What jobs can you get?

African & Middle Eastern Studies degrees teach transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as a rounded cultural knowledge and second language.

Particular job areas include recruitment, research, translation and interpretation, secretarial work, teaching and lecturing, and consular assistant.

Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including the governments and embassies of countries in these areas.

What qualifications do you need? 

Grade requirements vary depending on the university. You should confirm the entry requirements for the particular university and course you're interested in.

What degrees can you study?

  • BA African Studies & History of Art
  • BA Arabic & Archaeology
  • BA Middle Eastern Studies & Politics
  • BSc International Management with a year abroad in Africa or the Middle East

How will you be assessed?

Courses are assessed in a variety of ways. Each module at each university on each unique course will be evaluated differently. Mostly, it's done via coursework essays, group and individual presentations, or formal examinations. A dissertation is usually a final year option.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include straight MAs in Middle East or African Studies, as well as history-focused courses on the regions, International Management, Law in Middle East and Africa, and in one of the regional languages.

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