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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

BA Islamic Studies

Programme Code: T601 BA/IS Duration: 3 years

Overview

2014 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB
  • A Level language preferred
  • IB: 36 (6/6/6)
  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time

The BA in Islamic Studies provides students with knowledge and understanding of the core textual tradition of Islam, and through this engages with religious, philosophical and wider intellectual discourses of Islam.  Texts will be studied in English translation, but students also receive some grounding in Arabic or another language widely used in Islamic societies.  Special courses in Qur'an Arabic, ranging from elementary to advanced levels, are also available.  Through optional courses, students will be able to access SOAS's unrivalled scholarship and teaching concerned with Islamic art, music, culture, history and politics.

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students take four course units per year, consisting of thematic and language courses, as well as optional courses which allow students to develop specific interests.  In addition to a language course in Arabic in Year 1 (Elementary Qur'anic Arabic is recommended), students can choose language courses from a wide range of languages relevant to the study of Islam including Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali, Somali, Swahili and Hausa.

Core course: this means this unit must be passed before progression to the following year.
Compulsory course: this means this unit must be completed before progression to the following year.

Year 1
Core Course
Compulsory Course
Compulsory Language Course

Students choose an Arabic language unit at a suitable level. Qur'anic Arabic is recommended. See the language options list below.

Open Option

Choose a course from the list below or an open option.

Year 2
Core Course
Compulsory Course
Optional Course

Choose a course from the list below.

Open Option

Choose a course from the list below or an open option.

Year 3
Compulsory Courses
Optional Course

Choose a course from the list below.

Open Option

Choose a course from the list below or an open option.

Language Options
Near and Middle East

Advanced Qur'anic Arabic (155901400) is currently being developed and will be available to students for the academic year 2012-13.

South Asia

A language unit in Urdu, Bengali or Tamil at a suitable level. A suitable course on Indian or Pakistan culture is also an option.

Africa

A language unit in Hausa, Somali, Swahili or Yoruba at a suitable level.

South East Asia

An Indonesian language unit at a suitable level or one of the courses from the following list. Note: There are prerequisites for Traditional Malay Literature: Adventure Romances in Text and Film AND Traditional Malay Literature: History, Politics And Religion In Texts And Film.

China and Inner Asia

A Chinese language unit taken at a suitable level.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Before selecting a course, student's must first check that the course is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Study of Religions
Art
Music
History
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Before selecting a course, student's must first check that the course is at the correct level.

Politics

Students wishing to take Politics options have to take 153400001: Introduction to Political Study as an open option before taking any Politics options (it is a prerequisite for all Politics options).

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Destinations

As a student specialising in Islamic Studies, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Academically studying at SOAS has been incredible.  At first I thought that getting to meet the big-name professors from my field would be the most enjoyable part of my experience but now I actually think it has been the other students.

Quinn Connors, Tufts University