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

BA Middle Eastern Studies

Programme Code: T600 Duration: Three 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

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.

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 course in, Arabic or Israeli culture, and courses in Middle Eastern literature and history.  In the second year, students choose one further language unit and take an introductory course in Islam; two further units are chosen from the List of Optional Course, which include further language courses and courses in art, history, religion, music, politics, economics and law. In the final year, a third language unit is taken (which can be Arabic) and an extended essay written on an agreed topic (Independent study project); the year is completed with two further units from the List of Optional Courses.

Year 1
Core Course

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

Compulsory Language Course

Choose a language unit at an appropriate level from the List of Language Courses.

Compulsory Culture Course

Choose one of the following courses.

Optional Course

Choose courses to the value of one unit from the List of Optional Courses below. Before selecting a course, students must first check that the course is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Year 2
Core Course

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

Compulsory Course
Compulsory Language Course

Choose a language unit at an appropriate level from the List of Language Courses.

Open Option

Choose an approved unit from the List of Optional Courses OR one other approved open option unit.

Year 3
Compulsory Language Course

Choose a language unit at an appropriate level from the List of Language Courses.

Compulsory Course
Optional Course

Choose courses to the value of one unit from the List of Optional Courses below. Before selecting a course, students must first check that the course is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Open Option

Choose an approved unit from the List of Optional Courses OR one other approved open option unit.

List of Language Courses
List of Optional Courses

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.

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

No

Destinations

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

It’s a global experience and, thankfully, everyone is included, no matter what their colour, religion, or ‘class’.

Mysa Kafil-Hussain