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

BA Turkish and ...

Duration: 4 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

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 to for interview

Start of programme: September annually

At SOAS the study of Turkish can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined-honours degrees in Turkish are four-year programmes that expose students to at least three years intensive study of Turkish language and literature.

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

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.

The syllabus of the combined-honours degrees varies according to combination. Usually the first two years aim to divide students' time equally between Turkish and the second subject. Depending on location, the year abroad tips the balance in favour of Turkish or the second subject. There is some freedom to redress any imbalance in the fourth year. (Turkish and Modern Greek Studies Syllabus)

NB: The structure for this course has changed for new students who enrolled in (or after) the 2011/12 academic year. Students who enrolled in 2010/11 or earlier, please use the structure directly below. Students who enrol in 2011/12 or later, please use the structure set out at the bottom of this page.

Structure for students who enrolled in 2010/11 or before

Year 1

A typical syllabus

  • Year 1: Intensive Turkish language (*core course, 2 units)
  • Two units in the second subject

* Core course signifies a course that must be passed before progressing to the following year of study

Year 2
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish language(*core course)
  • Ottoman Turkish language OR Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern Fiction (in translation) OR Twentieth Century Turkish Literature 1
  • Two units in the second subject

* Core course signifies a course that must be passed before progressing to the following year of study

Year 3

If there is room for a year abroad and Istanbul is chosen, two semesters are spent at the Boghazici University. There students are expected to attend a minimum of four courses each semester and are required to sit the local examinations. On their return, and no later than September 1, they must in addition submit a project, normally an essay of approximately 10,000 words. The topic of the project is decided in consultation with the subject tutors.

Year 4
  • Two appropriate units from the list of options (Lists A, B, B2, B3 and C)
  • Two units in the second subject

One of these four units can be replaced with an approved unit in a third subject ("open option")

Structure for students who enrolled in 2011/12 or after

Year 1
Core Course

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

Other Subject

Students take 2 units in their second subject.

Year 2
Core Course

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

Choose one of the following
Other Subject

Students take 2 units in their second subject.

Year 3: Year Abroad

If there is room for a year abroad and Istanbul is chosen, two semesters are spent at the Boghazici University. There students are expected to attend a minimum of four courses each semester and are required to sit the local examinations. On their return, and no later than September 1, they must in addition submit a project, normally an essay of approximately 10,000 words. The topic of the project is decided in consultation with the subject tutors.

Year 4
Compulsory Course
Optional Course

A course from List A, B2, B3, or C. Alternatively, students may take a course in their second subject if they spent their 3rd year in Turkey.

Other Subject

Students take 2 units in their second subject.

List A: Turkish courses
List B1: Introductory courses in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related 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.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Department of History
Department of the Study of Religions
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
Department of Politics and International Studies
List B2: Intermediate courses in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related courses

Some courses require successful attendance of a relevant introductory course; students are advised to check the relevant course descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant course tutor before selecting units.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Department of History
Department of the Study of Religions
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
Department of Music
Department of Politics and International Studies
School of Law
List B3: Advanced courses in Middle Eastern history, politics and economics

Some courses require successful attendance of a relevant introductory course; students are advised to check the relevant course descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant course tutor before selecting units.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Department of History
Department of Economics
List C: Optional language courses
Intercollegiate language courses

Please see the Teaching & Learning tab for more details on intercollegiate courses in Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian, Hungarian and Romanian.

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

Third year usually at Boghazici University in Istanbul

Teaching & Learning

Intercollegiate Courses
Modern Greek (KCL)
  • Modern Greek language I 4AABL001
  • Modern Greek language II 5AABL002
  • Modern Greek language III 6AABL003
Russian (UCL; http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/russunit.htm)
  • Foundation Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
Ukrainian (UCL)
  • SEEU1001 Ukrainian Language
  • SEEU2001 Ukrainian Language 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEU2002 Ukrainian Language 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEU4001 Ukrainian Language 3a - Comprehension (0.5) SEEU4002 Ukrainian Language 3b - Production (0.5)
Bulgarian (UCL)
  • SEEB1001 Bulgarian Language Level 1
  • SEEB2001 Bulgarian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEB2002 Bulgarian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEB4001 Bulgarian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEB4002 Bulgarian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)
Serbian/Croatian (UCL)
  • SEEY1001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 1
  • SEEY2001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEY2002 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEY4001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEY4002 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)
Hungarian (UCL)
  • SEEH1001 Hungarian Language Level 1
  • SEEH2001 Hungarian Language Level 2a - Comprehension(0.5)
  • SEEH2002 Hungarian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEEH4001 Hungarian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEEH4002 Hungarian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)
Romanian (UCL)
  • SEER1001 Romanian Language Level 1
  • SEER2001 Romanian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEER2002 Romanian Language Level 2b - Production (0.5)
  • SEER4001 Romanian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (0.5)
  • SEER4002 Romanian Language Level 3b - Production (0.5)

Pre Entry Reading

  • Zuercher, Erik J.: Turkey, A Modern History. London: I B Tauris, 1993
  • Fergar, Feyyaz Kayacan (ed.), Modern Turkish Poetry. The Rockingham Press, 1992

Destinations

As a graduate who specialised in Turkish, 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 Turkish 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.

Graduates have found employment in the Foreign Office, in education, the media with the BBC or the Turkish Radio station, in the press, in multinational business companies. Others have chosen non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International.

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

A Student's Perspective

I also really appreciated the contact between professors and students and the exchange of knowledge that is established. I loved the way professors made us understand that even them, had something to learn from us students.

Mariam Kandil, Sciences-Po Paris