After retiring as a History teacher, I was keen to carry on studying. I have always been intrigued by the Israel/Palestine conflict and have spent time in Ramallah and Jerusalem, but I wanted to delve deeper, read more widely, learn from specialists and engage in debate and discussion with other students. SOAS was the obvious choice of place to study and the MA in Palestine Studies, taught by Palestinian, Israeli and British academics, fitted the bill.
I have opted to do the course part-time over two years and, as well as taking the core module on Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies. I have opted to take the module on Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians, joining up with students from the MA Israeli Studies and MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies degree courses in the process.
I have enjoyed the combination of lectures and seminars as well as the challenge of researching and writing half a dozen essays over the course of the year. The Library facilities are outstanding, the Library staff helpful and the quietness of the main study areas much appreciated.