SOAS University of London

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)

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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree in a social science or humanities subject or equivalent

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Overview

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.

Convenors

Structure

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.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Social and Political Trends in 19th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC373 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 1 Unit Full Year
Classical Ottoman Literature (Masters) 15PNMC385 1 Unit Full Year
Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 1 Unit Full Year
The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans 15PHIC004 1 Unit Full Year
List A2 (Minor)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Islamic Art & Architecture of Medieval Anatolia and the South Caucasus (11-13th centuries) 15PARH070 0.5 Unit Term 1
Art and Architecture of the Early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries) 15PARH068 0.5 Unit Term 2
List A3 (Minor)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 1 Unit Full Year
Intensive Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC395 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Translation (Turkish) 15PNMC044 1 Unit Full Year
Ottoman Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC397 1 Unit Full Year
List B (Minor)
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Issues in the Anthropology of Film 15PANH022 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 0.5 Unit Term 2
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of Development Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 0.5 Unit Term 2
Centre for Gender Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Department of History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 1 Unit Full Year
School of Law
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Centre for Media and Film Studies
Department of Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Central Asian Music 15PMUH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of Politics and International Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 0.5 Unit Term 1
Political violence 15PPOH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 0.5 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 0.5 Unit Full Year
Department of the Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 1 Unit Full Year
Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 1 Unit Full Year
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.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390 1 unit - 45 cats Unit
Elementary Georgian (PG) 15PNMC381 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC393 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC394 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 1 Unit Full Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and 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.

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

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

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

Taking an MA in Turkish Studies at SOAS has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The programme offers a unique opportunity to study various aspects of Turkey, the Middle East and the wider Turkic world including Central Asia and the Caucasus. With areas as diverse as contemporary geopolitics, Ottoman and Turkish history as well as outstanding language learning opportunities available for study, nowhere else offers a more comprehensive course.

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