SOAS University of London

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

MA Arabic Literature

duration:
One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£7,985
Overseas fees:
£17,215

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

  • First or upper second-class honours degree or overseas equivalent in Arabic or another relevant subject with good knowledge of Arabic
  • Interview Policy: Interviews by arrangement

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This new taught-Masters degree offers a deep insight into the Arab world through its literatures. It is an advanced programme designed for students with a good first degree in Arabic or with a good university degree who also know Arabic. The fundamental objective is to make Arabic culture and literature accessible to a wider body of postgraduate students and to provide them with training in the study of literature. Students develop an advanced understanding of Arabic literature and gain detailed knowledge of its past and present. The syllabus combines the literary approaches of comparative literature with in-depth study of Arabic literature. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with, among other things, literary theory, translation techniques, the sociology of literature, the social and political dimensions of modern Arabic literature, and different genres and themes of classical, medieval and modern Arabic literature.

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Structure

Students take modules to the value of three units from the lists of options below, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic.

Options List
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 1 Unit Full Year
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 1 Unit Full Year
Early and Medieval Arabic Linguistic Thought: Scholarship and Literature 15PNMC410 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
A Modern Arabic Literary Genre: Themes and Techniques 15PNMC046 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Arabic Poetry and Criticism 15PNMC048 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Arabic Popular Literature: Themes, Genres & Theory 15PNMC045 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 1 Unit Full Year
Classical Arabic Prose Literature and Adab 15PNMC047 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic Critical Theory and Thought 15PNMC403 1 Unit Full Year
Culture, Society and Politics in Classical Arabic Literature 15PNMC426 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

All courses are taught in English, and essays and presentations are also done in English. All courses apart from "Theories and Techniques of Comparative Literature" involve reading some original Arabic texts.

Most courses are taught in seminar groups. These demand active participation by students, e.g. by giving presentations and by discussion with other students in the class, in order to develop research potential, original thinking and, by the tutor's direction, structured knowledge of the topic.

Classes are one two-hour session each week; in some cases an additional tutorial hour is added. In addition students are encouraged to attend lectures and seminars organised by the AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literature and the London Middle East Institute.

Fees and funding

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
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 17:00

H.E. Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in MA Arabic Literature from SOAS provides students with 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, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous aesthetics of the region and contemporary literary theories. Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including 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 can use their skills in Arabic and literary study in a variety of occupations, particularly those in which deep knowledge of Arabic intellectual culture and a trained mind are an advantage.

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

A Student's Perspective

What SOAS offers is the lectures with world-class academics, who give you not only a thorough knowledge on the subject, but also stimulate you for individual thinking and make you enjoy the course.

Sergiusz Scheller

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