SOAS University of London

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

MA in Iranian Studies

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Start of programme: This programme will run from 2013/14. September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Among all universities in Europe and North America SOAS host the biggest concentration of research and teaching staff working on Iranian history, politics, economics, religions, art and archeology, linguistics, Persian language and literature, media, film, anthropology and music. SOAS has the resources to offer a comprehensive, critical perspective on a variety of aspects of Iranian society and culture and go beyond the contemporary public debates around this country.

The MA in Iranian Studies enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian area and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural make up of Iran.

The flexible study programme and interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students knowledge about the religious and politico-cultural influences affecting contemporary Iran and the region it is embedded in. Students will develop a critical understanding of the literature and/or of Iran and the diaspora and gain an understanding of Iran in the context of the Middle East with respect to gender, politics, Islam, music, and migration (minor course options). Persian language and literature will also be studied.



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.

Students take 4 units in total: the Core Course (1 unit), the Dissertation (1 unit) and two further courses from the Optional Courses lists (2 units).

Core Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Courses
List A: Iran-specific courses

Students must take at least one course from the following list

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Persian Language 1 15PNMC415 1 Unit Full Year
Persian Language 2 (PG) 15PNMC033 1 Unit Full Year
Persian Language 3 (PG) 15PNMC408 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 1 Unit Full Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 1 Unit Full Year
Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 1 Unit Full Year
Text and Context in Zoroastrianism 15PSRC036 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Iranian media and film 15PMSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Directed Readings in Perisan Studies 15PNMC425 1 Unit Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry (Masters) 15PNMC401 1 Unit Full Year
Avestan I 15PSRC033 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 1 Unit Full Year
Practical Translation from and into Persian 15PNMC051 1 Unit Full Year
List B - Courses relating to the Middle East

Students may select a course from List B OR another from List A

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 1 Unit Full Year
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
International Politics Of The Middle East Full unit Unit
Islam and Political Ideologies 15PPOH007 0.5 units Unit
Culture and Society of the Near and Middle East 15PANC097 1.0 Unit
Central Asian Music 15PMUH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Problems of development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 0.5 Unit Term 2
10,000 word Dissertation

Dissertation in Iranian Studies. This dissertation is new and currently going through the approval process.

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Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

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

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 17:00

Kamran Djam Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-05-03 17:00

Santander Taught Master’s Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


As a postgraduate student specialising in Iranian Studies, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.

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 in both business and 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.

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

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