SOAS University of London

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

BA Arabic and ... (a discipline) (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021

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Overview and entry requirements

The BA Arabic and... (combined degree) at SOAS means that the study of Arabic can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. Combined honours degrees in Arabic are intended to give students a solid grounding in Modern Standard and Classical Arabic, as well as conversational ability in Colloquial Arabic, in combination with a second subject. Intensive study of a wide range of Arabic language and literature is a compulsory feature of combined-honours degrees in Arabic.

Students are required to spend the third year of study at a university in the Middle East.

See Near and Middle East Department

Combine Arabic with other subjects

Arabic and a discipline: Arabic can be combined with Development Studies, Economics, English, History, History of Art/Archaeology, International Relations, Languages and Cultures, Law, Linguistics, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology and World Philosophies.

Why study Arabic Combined Honours at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in UK
  • SOAS has an unrivalled reputation as the foremost provider of oriental studies
  • our Language Centre is the sole provider of Arabic language teaching qualifications in the UK for teachers of Arabic language
  • students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year at one of our partner universities.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge of Arabic is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with 'non-standard' qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
A Level language preferred
35 (6/6/5)

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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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4 years

Fees 2021/22

Fees for 2021/22 entrants per academic year

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with:

Key Information Set data

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Students take modules to the value of 120 credits per year.

There is some element of choice to develop special interests.

Year 1 students take the following compulsory Arabic language modules below and select modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject.
Module Code Credits Term
Arabic 1 (UG) 155906732 30 Term 1
Arabic 2 (UG) 155906731 30 Term 2
Year 2 students take the following compulsory Arabic language modules and select modules to value of 30 credits from 'List B' below and select modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject.
Module Code Credits Term
Arabic 3 A (UG) 155906725 15 Term 1
Arabic 3 B (UG) 155906726 15 Term 2
Year 3 - Year Abroad

Students participate in the Arabic Year Abroad in one of our partner Institutions. For more details please click the "Teaching & Learning" tab above.

Year 4 students take the following compulsory Arabic language modules and select modules to value of 30 credits from 'List C' below
Module Code Credits Term
Arabic 5 A (UG) 155906715 15 Term 1
Arabic 5 B (UG) 155906716 15 Term 2
Module Code Credits Term
Arabic 6 A (UG) 155906717 15 Term 1
Arabic 6 B (UG) 155906718 15 Term 2
Year 4 students select modules to the value of 60 credits from their second subject (this may include 'Guided Options')
List A - Arabic Language Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Arabic 1 (UG) 155906732 30 Term 1
Arabic 2 (UG) 155906731 30 Term 2
Arabic 3 A (UG) 155906725 15 Term 1
Arabic 3 B (UG) 155906726 15 Term 2
Arabic 4 A (UG) 155906721 15 Term 1
Arabic 4 B (UG) 155906722 15 Term 2
Arabic 5 A (UG) 155906715 15 Term 1
Arabic 5 B (UG) 155906716 15 Term 2
Arabic 6 A (UG) 155906717 15 Term 1
Arabic 6 B (UG) 155906718 15 Term 2
List B - Year 2 Arabic Related Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Arabic Dialects 155901396 15 Term 2
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 15 Term 1
Introduction to Arabic Literature A: Modern Trends 155906729 15 Term 1
List C - Year 4 Arabic Related Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Politics and Aesthetics in Modern Arabic Literature 155901382 15 Term 2
Quran and Hadith Studies 155900734 15 Term 2
Reading Classical Arabic historians 155901334 15 Term 2
Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies (using Language sources) 155901344 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is available on the page for each module.

Year abroad

Students have the choice to spend the Arabic Language Year Abroad at one of the following institutions:

The year abroad programme runs from September to May of the following year and involve 18 to 20 hours of instruction per week. While the syllabus differs somewhat from one institution to the other, the prime focus throughout is on enhancing the students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Modern Standard Arabic as well as on imparting an advanced level of competence in the local form of Colloquial Arabic. 

Independent Study Project (ISP)

Towards the end of their stay students are expected to write an Independent Study Project in Arabic of some 3000-3500 words on a subject of their choice. Supervision and guidance will be supplied by designated staff at the year abroad institution. To get an impression of the standard students have achieved and the type of topic they can tackle view the prize-winning essays (with English abstract) written by students during the academic year. In order to be admitted to the final year of their degree students will need to have passed the final language examinations at the year abroad institution and to have submitted their ISP by the specified deadline. The ISPs will be marked by the year abroad institution and reviewed by members of the SOAS Arabic Section. The best ISP from each location will be published on the SOAS website.

Students who fail the year abroad examinations or fail to submit their ISPs are deemed to have failed the year abroad. In order to be admitted to the final year of their degree they will need to repeat the language year abroad programme in one of the four designated locations.

For general advice on tuition fees, travel arrangements, health and insurance issues see guidelines on the year abroad.

The SOAS Arabic Section arranges year abroad meetings and briefing sessions where second year students are informed in detail about the year abroad locations and have the chance to meet and consult with returning students.

In determining the safety of year abroad locations SOAS is guided by the relevant Travel Advice published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). During their stay abroad it is recommended that students subscribe to the relevant FCO website.

Approximate living costs (rent, plus food and travel) will typically be between £350 and £500 per month.

Fees and funding



As a graduate who specialised in Arabic, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Skills gained

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, both in business and in the public sector. These include:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to furtheryour studies of the region or to make comparative studies with other areas. Arabic and will develop skills which to further your studies of the region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Arabic may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. 


The Middle East occupies a place of major importance in global politics and economics, so graduates of Arabic enjoy a considerable range of career opportunities. SOAS alumni with degrees in Arabic have found jobs in:

  • business
  • finance
  • diplomacy
  • humanitarian aid
  • higher education
  • media

There is also an increasing need for graduates of Arabic in Arab companies with subsidiaries in the East and the West.

Find out more on our 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


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