SOAS University of London

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

BA Turkish

duration:
4 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 at 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)

View alternative entry requirements

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: T680 BA/T

Start of programme: September annually

Single-honours BA Turkish is a four-year programme of study covering both classical and modern Turkish literature and language. At the completion of their studies students should have attained a high level of fluency in Modern Turkish, including familiarity with earlier forms of Turkish, and a solid command of Turkish literature, including broad knowledge of the historical and cultural background. A specialization in Ottoman language and literature is also available.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

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 degree is an intensive four-year programme of sixteen module-units. Students are required to pass a minimum of fourteen module-units to be eligible for the award of honours. In the first year the student begins the study of the Turkish language and takes a survey module in literature. A module in Turkish culture or one other appropriate module complete the year. In the second year the student continues to learn the modern Turkish language and usually begins the study of Ottoman Turkish or modern Turkish literature. Two further appropriate module-units from the list of options are also taken. The third year is spent at the Boghazici University in Istanbul, where a full programme of study is scheduled. On returning to London for the fourth year the student may choose from a wide range of options, as available. These options permit students to steer the syllabus towards their interests.
Year 1
Core Module

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Intensive Turkish Language 155901194 2 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 1 Unit Full Year
Open Option

Choose an introductory modules in Middle Eastern history, politics or culture from List B1 or an Open Option.

Year 2
Core Module

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language 155900547 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module

Choose one of the following modules.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 1 Unit Full Year
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 1 Unit Full Year
Optional module

Choose a module from List B1, B2, C or another module from the list of year 2 compulsory modules.

Open Option

Choose a modules from List B1, B2, C or another modules from the list of year 2 compulsory modules or an Open Option.

Year 3: Year abroad

For more information on the year abroad in Istanbul, please see the Teaching & Learning tab.

Year 4
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Turkish/English/Turkish Translation 155900913 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module

Choose a unit from List A.

Optional Module

Choose a module from List A, B2, B3 or C.

Open Option

Choose a modules from List A, B2, B3, C or an Open Option.

List A: Turkish modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Twentieth Century Turkish Literature 155901405 1 Unit Full Year
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 1 Unit Full Year
Classical Ottoman Literature 155900744 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project (Turkish Literature) 155901052 1 Unit Full Year
Extended Essay in Turkish Studies a 155901340 0.5 Unit Term 1
Extended Essay in Turkish Studies b 155901341 0.5 Unit Term 1
List B1: Introductory modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related modules
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 1 Unit Full Year
Department of History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 1 Unit Full Year
Department of the Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 Unit Term 1
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of Politics and International Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
States, people, and power in Asia and Africa 153400056 1 Unit Full Year
List B2: Intermediate modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related moduless

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

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 1 Unit Full Year
Classical Persian Prose Texts 155900334 1 Unit Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 1 Unit Full Year
Department of History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 1 Unit Full Year
H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291 154800254 1 Unit Full Year
H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers and Dynasts 154800222 1 Unit Full Year
H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 1 Unit Full Year
Department of the Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Eastern Christianity 158000132 0.5 Unit Term 1
Orthodox Christianity 158000131 0.5 Unit Term 2
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 0.5 Unit Term 1
Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 Unit Full Year
Islam in Britain 158000169 1 Unit Full Year
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Islamic Art & Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean (12th-15th centuries) 154900179 1.0 Unit
Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries) 154900188 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecure of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of Music
Department of Politics and International Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 Unit Full Year
School of Law
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Islamic Law 155200037 1 Unit Full Year
List B3: Advanced modules in Middle Eastern history, politics and economics

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

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Politics and Aesthetics in Modern Arabic Literature 155901382 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Reading Classical Arabic historians 155901334 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Persian Prose Literature 155900336 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
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
Department of History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
H343 Reform, Resistance and Revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909 (I) 154800197 1 Unit Full Year
Department of Economics
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 1 Unit Full Year
List C: Optional language modules
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Arabic 100 155901202 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 2 155900897 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 4 155900899 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Advanced 155900714 1 Unit Full Year
Intercollegiate language modules

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

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Two semesters are spent at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey in the third year (http://www.boun.edu.tr/en-US/Index). There students are expected to attend a minimum of four modules each semester and are required to sit the local examinations at Boğaziçi University.

All students need to submit an application to Boğaziçi University by May of the previous year and they are assisted by the BA Convenor in doing so.  A detailed Briefing Document  is also provided in advance.

It is possible to apply for university accommodation at Boğaziçi University (details provide in the Briefing Document), though most students prefer to make their own arrangements even though Istanbul is no longer a cheap city.  Rents and cost of living in Istanbul are almost comparable to London, though still a little cheaper.

The SOAS BA convenor determines progression to the final year on the basis of performance and, if required,  following consultation with colleagues at Boğaziçi. Students are expected to pass at least 6 semester-long modules or their equivalent.  If they do not, then they need to submit an Independent Project to be agreed with the SOAS BA convenor, normally an essay of approximately 10,000 words in English, by  September 1.  The topic of the project is decided in consultation with the subject tutors at SOAS.

Teaching & Learning

Intercollegiate Modules
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)

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 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. 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

Before I came to SOAS, I knew that my grade would depend on either one or two large assignments and I was apprehensive about that—almost scared, however I am glad as I got to learn a lot about myself as a student. I became more independent academically and got to see what I can really accomplished without teachers “coddling” me along the way. Extremely refreshing!

Tamara Bah, American University, Washington

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