SOAS University of London

Edward Rowe

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.

With grandparents originating from Hungary, I became interested in the Ottoman Empire from an early age, and at secondary school I wrote an extended project qualification (EPQ) on the Ottoman Campaign. With this interest in mind, I was recommended to study at SOAS, and I took an undergraduate degree in History and Religion. Before moving onto my Masters, I first did an internship with the Centre for Turkey Studies in London, and I am now immersed in an MA in Turkish Studies at SOAS. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and the variety of modules available covers a broad range of subjects from modern Turkish history to the international dynamics of the Caucasus. I feel that I have achieved more during the six months intensive Turkish language course than I would have done in six years anywhere else. I am hoping that I can move into a future career in international affairs, ideally something, which will allow me to make use of my knowledge of Turkey’s relationship with Europe and NATO. I have also managed to squeeze in learning some Farsi on the SOAS Language Entitlement Programme. Very useful when ordering from the menu at my local Afghan restaurant!