[skip to content]

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

BA Turkish

Programme Code: T680 BA/T Duration: 4 years

Overview

Featured events

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

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

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.

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 course-units. Students are required to pass a minimum of fourteen course-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 course in literature. A course in Turkish culture or one other appropriate course 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 course-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 Course

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

Compulsory Course
Open Option

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

Year 2
Core Course

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

Compulsory Course

Choose one of the following courses.

Optional Course

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

Open Option

Choose a course from List B1, B2, C or another course from the list of year 2 compulsory courses 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 Course
Compulsory Course

Choose a unit from List A.

Optional Course

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

Open Option

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

List A: Turkish courses
List B1: Introductory courses in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related courses
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 Politics and International Studies
Department of Economics
List C: Optional language courses
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
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

Two semesters are spent at the Boghazici University, Istanbul in the third year. 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.

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)

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. 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

My time flew by in London. I made a lot of wonderful friends at SOAS, and we often attended the various events put on by the Student Union and student societies, which ranged from musical performances to debates to movie screenings.

Kate Van Akin - Harvard University, Law School