SOAS University of London

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

BA Islamic Studies

duration:
Not Running 2016/17

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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 Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

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BTEC: DDM

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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Overview

Programme Code: T601 BA/IS

Start of programme: Not Running 2016/17

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This programme has been withdrawn and will not be offered from the academic year 2016-17.

The BA in Islamic Studies provides students with knowledge and understanding of the core textual tradition of Islam, and through this engages with religious, philosophical and wider intellectual discourses of Islam.  Texts will be studied in English translation, but students also receive some grounding in Arabic or another language widely used in Islamic societies.  Special modules in Qur'an Arabic, ranging from elementary to advanced levels, are also available.  Through optional modules, students will be able to access SOAS's unrivalled scholarship and teaching concerned with Islamic art, music, culture, history and politics.

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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 120 credits per year, consisting of thematic and language modules, as well as optional modules which allow students to develop specific interests.  In addition to a language module in Arabic in Year 1 (Elementary Qur'anic Arabic is recommended), students can choose language modules from a wide range of languages relevant to the study of Islam including Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali, Somali, Swahili and Hausa.

Core Module: this means this module must be passed before progression to the following year.
Compulsory Module: this means this module must be completed before progression to the following year.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to the Study of the Qur'an 155901343 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Compulsory Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 1 UnitFull Year
Compulsory Language Module

Students choose 30 credits of an Arabic language module at a suitable level. Qur'anic Arabic is recommended. See the language options list below.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below or an open option.

Year 2
Core Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Biography and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad 155901337 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Compulsory Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Optional Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below or an open option.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Islamic Intellectual Tradition 155901338 1 UnitFull Year
Independent Study Project in Islamic Studies 155901339 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Optional Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists below or an open option.

Language Options
Near and Middle East
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Qur'anic Arabic 155901400 1 UnitFull Year
Arabic 100 155901202 1 UnitFull Year
Arabic 200 155901203 1 UnitFull Year
Arabic 300 155901204 1 UnitFull Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 1 UnitFull Year
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 1 UnitFull Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script 155905002 1 UnitFull Year
South Asia

30 credits of language in Urdu, Bengali or Tamil at a suitable level. A suitable module on Indian or Pakistan culture is also an option.

Africa

A language module in Hausa, Somali, Swahili or Yoruba at a suitable level.

South East Asia

30 credits of Indonesian language at a suitable level or one of the modules from the following list. Note: There are prerequisites for Traditional Malay Literature: Adventure Romances in Text and Film AND Traditional Malay Literature: History, Politics And Religion In Texts And Film.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
China and Inner Asia

Chinese language module to the value of 30 credits taken at a suitable level.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Study of Religions
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to the Study of Religions 158000096 1 UnitFull Year
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 UnitFull Year
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Islam in Britain 158000169 1 UnitFull Year
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Art
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Music
History
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 1 UnitFull Year
H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291 154800254 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
H253 Islam in Southeast Asia, 1760s-1960s 154800212 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module is at the correct level.

Politics

Students wishing to take Politics options have to take 153400001: Introduction to Political Study as an open option before taking any Politics options (it is a prerequisite for all Politics options).

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 UnitFull Year
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 UnitFull Year
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 UnitFull Year

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Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

As a student specialising in Islamic 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

Here you have the possibility not only to read about other cultures, you can experience them.  Besides that, SOAS offers such a wide choice of exciting courses with interesting teachers, you will find nowhere else in the world and all that in the heart of London.

Sonja Bartsch, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

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