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

BA Persian and ...

Duration: 3 or 4 years, depending on the combination of subjects


2016 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB - ABB
  • A Level language preferred
  • IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • 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

Minimum Entry Requirements: Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge is required. A foreign language at A-level or equivalent is preferred but not essential.

Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred

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

Start of programme: September annually

At SOAS the study of Persian can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined-honours degrees in Persian expose students to at least three years' intensive study of Persian language. 3-year combined honours: Persian can be combined with Development Studies, Economics, Geography (with King's College London), Georgian, History, History of Art/Archaeology, Law, Linguistics, Management (with Birkbeck College London), Music, Politics, Social Anthropology and Study of Religions 4-year combined-honours: Persian can also be combined with Arabic, French (with University College London, which is the admitting institution), and Turkish. These four-year degrees include a year's study abroad in a country appropriate to the second language.

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.

Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year spent abroad
* Taught at University College, London (Apply to UCL only)
** Taught at King's College, London

Key Information Set data

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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.

The syllabus of the combined-honours degrees varies according to combination. In the three-year syllabus the programme aims to divide students' time equally between Persian and the second subject. A typical syllabus is given below. In four-year programmes with a year abroad, study of the second subject occupies that entire year but flexibility in the choice of fourth-year options allows the balance to be redressed.

Year 1
Core Module

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

Other Subject

2 units are taken in the second subject.

Year 2
Core Module

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

Other Subject

2 units are taken in the second subject.

Open Option

Choose one unit from either; the list of Persian-related modules (List A,B or C) OR a unit in the second subject OR an approved open option module.

Year 3
Compulsory Module
Optional Module

Choose one unit from the list of Persian-related modules (List A,B or C).

Other Subject

One unit is taken in the second subject.

Open Option

Choose one unit from either; the list of Persian-related modules (List A,B or C) OR a unit in the second subject OR an approved open option module.

List A. List of Persian-language modules
Persian modules for students on other degrees (open options)
List B. Approved options in the NME department

Please note that some of these module will be subject to pre-requisites.

List C. Other Persian and Middle East-related modules

These are taught by the Departments of History, Study of Religions, Art and Archaeology, Music, Law, Politics and International Studies, and Economics. Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Programme Specification


Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

For students studying Persian with Turkish or Arabic, please visit the relevant webpage for details on the Year Abroad.


As a graduate who specialised in Persian, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

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, both in business and in 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 region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Persian 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.

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

A Student's Perspective

Nothing can truly describe your own personal SOAS experience, but one thing I can say is that it will be something you will remember for a lifetime and learn from not only your classes, but through life experience while being here.

Farkhanda Mohiyuddin