SOAS University of London

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

BA Persian

duration:
3 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

  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign-language A-level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • 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: T660 BA/P

Start of programme: September annually

This three-year programme aims to provide a good grounding in the standard spoken and written language of contemporary Iran and to provide an introduction to the main forms of classical and modern Persian literature. The course structure allows students to take one non-Persian unit a year, presenting them with an opportunity to choose from a wide variety of options dealing with the historical, cultural and religious background of Iran and the Middle East, or to learn another regional language, for example Arabic or Turkish.

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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 single-subject degree is a three-year programme. Candidates are expected to complete twelve module units, four in each year. In the first year students begin the study of Persian language with an intensive language-learning module. A survey module on literatures of the near East and a non-language module from the list of approved options complete the year's study. In the second year the learning of Persian language continues. Two other modules introduce the study of prose and poetry. A fourth unit is chosen from the list of approved options or from the School's list of other options ("open option units"). The third year continues the study of language and literature. A fourth unit is again chosen from the list of approved options or from the School's list of other options ("open option units"). Students who enrol with a competence in Persian already equivalent to Persian language I are permitted to make up the number of language units in the syllabus from a range of Old and Middle Persian language options, e.g. Bactrian, Pahlavi, Sogdian, subject to availability

NB: Permission to take any optional module is at the discretion of the programme convenor and the undergraduate tutor.

Year 1
Core Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Intensive Persian Language 155901242 2 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Module

Choose an approved non-language unit from the lists of Persian related options (Lists B and C).

Year 2
Core Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Classical Persian Prose Texts 155900334 1 Unit Full Year
Choose one of the following
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 1 Unit Full Year
Open Option

Choose one unit from the list of Persian related options (List B or C) OR an approved open option unit.

Year 3
Core Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Persian Prose Literature 155900336 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 1 Unit Full Year
Open Option

Choose one unit from the list of Persian related options (List A,B or C) OR an approved open option unit.

List A. List of Persian-language modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Intensive Persian Language 155901242 2 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 Unit Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Classical Persian Prose Texts 155900334 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Persian Prose Literature 155900336 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 1 Unit Full Year
Persian modules for students on other degrees (open options)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 1 Unit Full Year
List B. Approved options in the NME department

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 1 Unit Full Year
Middle Persian 158000183 1 unit Unit
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 100 155901202 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 1 Unit Full Year
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.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 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
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 Unit Full Year
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
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Islamic Law 155200037 1 Unit Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 1 Unit Full Year
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

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,000 £16,250
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,125

Employment

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. Some recent students have found employment in governmental institutions in Britain and elsewhere, others in non-governmental organisations, for instance, the Red Cross. Some have continued in the academic world; others have entered teaching or other professions.

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

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