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

MA Turkish Studies

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


Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree in a social science or humanities subject or equivalent

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme enables students to engage critically with different aspects of Turkish culture and society. The degree offers comprehensive training in the field of Turkish studies. Drawing on SOAS's wide resources in the field, the programme allows students to combine courses to build a syllabus of study according to their interests. It serves as excellent preparation for research.


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 three taught courses, one designated as major and two as minor. 

-If the chosen Major course is not a Turkish Studies course (see List A1), students may not take a Minor course in the same subject as their Major course.

-At least one Minor course must be taken from List A1, A2 or A3.

-No more than one Minor course may be taken from List C. You may not take a course from List C if you are taking a course from List A3.

List A1 (Major)

If the chosen Major course is not from this list, students may not take a Minor course in the same subject as their Major course.

List A2 (Minor)
List A3 (Minor)
List B (Minor)
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Department of Development Studies
Centre for Gender Studies
Department of History
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
School of Law
Centre for Media and Film Studies
Department of Music
Department of Politics and International Studies
Department of the Study of Religions
List C (Minor)

Students may only take one course from this list. Students may not take a course from this list if they are taking a course from List A3.

Programme Specification


Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

Teaching staff:
  • Yorgos Dedes, Lecturer in Turkish.
  • Benjamin Fortna, Senior Lecturer in the Modern History of the Middle East, teaching The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans.
  • Emine Çakır-Sürmeli, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk fellow, seconded from Çukurova University, Adana, specialist in Applied Linguistics.


As a postgraduate student specialising in Turkish 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.

A Student's Perspective

It’s a global experience and, thankfully, everyone is included, no matter what their colour, religion, or ‘class’.

Mysa Kafil-Hussain