SOAS University of London

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

BA Middle Eastern Studies

duration:
Three years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

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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

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Overview

Programme Code: T600

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This degree is ideal for students who desire a broad knowledge of the region with a basic grounding in two or more of its languages. The programme accommodates a wide variety of topics through which to engage with the region's diversity and provides a firm foundation for further language study.

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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.

In the first year of the programme, students take one unit in a modern Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Turkish, Persian or Hebrew), a module in, Arabic or Israeli culture, and modules in Middle Eastern literature and history.  In the second year, students are encouraged to choose one further language unit and take an introductory module in Islam; two further units are chosen from the List of Optional Modules, which include further language modules and modules in art, history, religion, music, politics, economics and law. In the final year, course in the Cinematic culture of the Middle East and North Africa is taken, a third language unit can be taken and an extended essay can be written on an agreed topic (Independent study project) is available. The language and extended essay options can, however, be replaced with optional modules. There is a further open option to complete the third year.

Year 1
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a language unit at an appropriate level or modules to the value of one unit from the optional list.

Compulsory Culture Module

Choose one of the following modules. You may select both.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a further unit of language or modules to the value of one unit from the List of optional modules below at the appropriate level.

Year 2
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a language unit at an appropriate level or modules to the value of one unit from the optional list.

Optional Module or Open Option

Choose modules to the value of one unit from the list of optional modules at an appropriate level OR an open option.

Year 3
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 0.5 Unit Term 1
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 0.5 Unit Term 2
Optional Module

Choose a language unit at an appropriate level or modules to the value of one unit from the optional list.

Optional Module

Choose a further unit of language or modules to the value of one unit from the List of optional modules below at the appropriate level.

Optional Module or Open Option

Choose modules to the value of one unit from the list of optional modules at an appropriate level OR an open option.

List of Language Modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Arabic 100 155901202 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 2 155900897 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 500 155900898 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 4 155900899 1 Unit Full Year
Qur'anic Arabic 155901400 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Advanced 155900714 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language 155900547 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Turkish Language 155900548 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Structure of Abkhaz 155901176 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 1 Unit Full Year
List of Optional Modules

Before selecting a module, you must first check that it is at the correct level. You must also ensure that any pre-requisites are met.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Judaism: Foundation 158000148 0.5 Unit Term 2
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 Unit Term 1
Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Middle Persian 158000183 1 unit Unit
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 1 Unit Full Year
History of Zionism 155901168 1 Unit Full Year
Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict 155901167 1 Unit Full Year
Jerusalem: A City in Conflict 155905003 0.5 Unit Term 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 0.5 Unit Term 2
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecure of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 0.5 Unit Term 2
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Art and Architecture of Medieval Islamic Turkey: the Seljuks and their Neighbours 154900195 0.5 Unit Term 1
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Islamic Law 155200037 1 Unit Full Year
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 Unit Full Year
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 1 Unit Full Year
H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 1 Unit Full Year
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 0.5 Unit Term 1
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 0.5 Unit Term 1
Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
Eastern Christianity 158000132 0.5 Unit Term 1
Orthodox Christianity 158000131 0.5 Unit Term 2
Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Syriac Texts on Christians and Muslims 158000034 1 Unit Full Year
Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Bible and its Interpretation in Ancient Judaism 158000160 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The Role and Representation of Women in Judaism 158000154 0.5 Unit Term 2
Identity and Language in Hebrew literature 155901411 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Middle Eastern Studies 155901386 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Hebrew/Israeli Studies 155900738 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project (Turkish Literature) 155901052 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies 155900733 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

No

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Employment

As a student specialising in the Middle East, 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.

Students graduating with this degree have opportunities to work in education, the Middle Eastern media, the BBC, in the press, the Civil Service and non-governmental organisations, and wherever a knowledge of the Middle East is a key skill.

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

A Student's Perspective

My course and the department is fantastic, and the lecturers go the extra mile to help you out

Yumna Islam

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