SOAS University of London

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

MA Islamic Studies

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

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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours BA (or equivalent) in Arabic. An upper second class honours BA / BSc degree in any other subject is an acceptable qualification providing it is accompanied by the required level of Arabic language: students should be able to read and understand original Classical Arabic texts, such as Qur'an, Hadith, Tafsir, Sirah, Fiqh.

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Start of programme: September intake only

The MA offers the students the opportunity to concentrate on the Qur'an, the Hadith and other Islamic texts, and so provides a unique training in the translation of Islamic religious material. The degree is designed to benefit academics, teachers of Islam in other institutions, translators of Islamic material into English in research centres, government departments and da'wa centres. It provides excellent research training and is a useful qualification for those who wish to progress to higher postgraduate degrees.



Students take three taught units (one major, two minor) and write a 10,000 word dissertation.

Two courses, including the major, must be taken from Group A. The third unit can be from Group A or B. Normally no more than two translation items may be taken.

Group A
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Early and Medieval Arabic Linguistic Thought: Scholarship and Literature 15PNMC410 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Qur'an and Hadith Studies 15PNMC006 1 Unit Full Year
The Qur'an:Language,Style and Translation in English 15PNMC142 1 Unit Full Year
Islamic Legal Texts in Arabic 15PNMC037 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
IslamicTexts 15PNMC144 1 Unit Full Year
Translation of IslamicTexts (a project) 15PNMC145 1 Unit Full Year
Sufism 15PNMC036 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Early and Classical Qur'anic Exegesis: Literature and Thought 15PNMC423 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Medieval Arabic Thought: the Philosophical and Theological Traditions 15PNMC388 1 Unit Full Year
Group B
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 1 Unit Full Year
Islamic Law (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC121 1 Unit Full Year
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 1 Unit Full Year

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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


As a postgraduate student specialising in Islamic 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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