MA in Iranian Studies
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)
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.
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).
Iran, History, Culture, Politics. This course is new and currently going through the approval process.
- Iran: History, Culture, Politics - 15PNMC405 (1 Unit) - Full Year
List A: Iran-specific courses
Students must take at least one course from the following list
- Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives - 15PSRC052 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Text and Context in Zoroastrianism - 15PSRC036 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2013/2014
- Iranian Cinema - 15PMSH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Classical Persian Poetry (Masters) - 15PNMC401 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2013/2014
- Elementary Persian Texts (Postgraduate) - 15PNMC384 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Persian Intermediate (Masters) - 15PNMC033 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Avestan I - 15PSRC033 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2013/2014
- Pahlavi Language - 15PSRC034 (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
- 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 - 15PPOC027 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Islam and political ideologies - 15PPOH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Culture and Society of the Near & Middle East - 15PANC097 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Central Asian Music - 15PMUH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Problems of development in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PDSH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
10,000 word Dissertation
Dissertation in Iranian Studies. This dissertation is new and currently going through the approval process.
Teaching & Learning
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.
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A Student's Perspective
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