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

BA Middle Eastern Studies and ...

Duration: Three years

Overview

2015 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB
  • A Level language preferred
  • IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • 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 is a three-year programme that combines study of the basics of one or more modern Middle Eastern languages and their cultural background with another subject. The list of second subjects is currently under development.

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

Combinations

May be combined with

*taught at King’s College, London

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.

Year 1
Core course

Choose ONE of the following courses. This course will be considered core and must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Course

Choose one language unit at a suitable level from the list below.

Second Subject

2 units are taken in the other subject

Year 2
Core course

Choose ONE of the following courses. This course will be considered core and must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Course

Choose one language unit at a suitable level from the list below.

Second Subject

2 units are taken in the other subject

Year 3
Compulsory Course

Choose one language unit at a suitable level from the list below.

Compulsory Course

Choose one of the following units:

Second Subject

2 units are taken in the other subject

Language Course Options

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

There is no Year Abroad on this programme.  If you wish to take a programme with a Year Abroad requirement then please look at the named language degrees within the Near and Middle East Department.

Destinations

As a student specialising in the languages and cultures of 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.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the Middle East, or to make comparative study with other areas. Middle Eastern Studies may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page. 

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 Middle Eastern language and culture is a key skill.

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

A Student's Perspective

Living and breathing SOAS ensures you not only see and understand the complexities of our global world, but that you actually feel it, realising that you and I are inextricably linked in every way. This organic awakening to holistically see infinitely complex global situations is something found nowhere else than SOAS.

Samuel Kustaa Lammi