SOAS University of London

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

BA Middle Eastern Studies

duration:
Three years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 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

2018 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: T600

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The BA Middle Eastern Studies is a three-year programme that offers students the opportunity to study the history and culture of the Middle East alongside with acquiring competence in one or more Middle Eastern languages. This degree is ideal for students who desire a broad knowledge of the region with a basic grounding in two or more of its languages. The programme accommodates a wide variety of topics through which to engage with the region's diversity and provides a firm foundation for further language study.

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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.

In the first year of the programme, students take a module in a modern Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Turkish, Persian or Hebrew), a module in  Arabic or Israeli culture, and the remaining modules in Middle Eastern literature and history.

In the second year, students are encouraged to choose a further language module and take an introductory module in Islam; two modules are chosen from the List of Optional Modules, which include further language modules and modules in art, history, religion, music, politics, economics and law.

In the final year, modules in the Cinematic culture of the Middle East and North Africa is taken, a third language module can be taken and an extended essay can be written on an agreed topic. An Independent study project is also available. The language and extended essay options can, however, be replaced with optional modules. There is a further open option to complete the third year.

Year 1
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a language module at an appropriate level or modules to the value of 30 credits from the optional list.

Compulsory Culture Module

Choose one of the following modules. You may select both.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 30 Full Year
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a further 30 credits of language or modules to the value of 30 credits from the List of optional modules below at the appropriate level.

Year 2
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 30 Full Year
Optional Module

Choose a language module at an appropriate level or modules to the value of 30 credits from the optional list.

Optional Module or Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of optional modules at an appropriate level OR an open option.

Year 3
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 15 Term 1
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 15 Term 2
Optional Module

Choose a language module at an appropriate level or modules to the value of 30 credits from the optional list.

Optional Module

Choose a further 30 credits of language or modules to the value of 30 credits from the List of optional modules below at the appropriate level.

Optional Module or Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the list of optional modules at an appropriate level OR an open option.

List of Language Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 100 155901202 30 Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 30 Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 30 Full Year
Arabic 2 155900897 30 Full Year
Arabic 500 155900898 30 Full Year
Arabic 4 155900899 30 Full Year
Qur'anic Arabic 155901400 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Advanced 155900714 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 30 Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 30 Full Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 30 Full Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 30 Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language 155900547 30 Full Year
Advanced Turkish Language 155900548 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Structure of Abkhaz 155901176 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 30 Full Year
List of Optional Modules

Before selecting a module, you must first check that it is at the correct level. You must also ensure that any pre-requisites are met.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Judaism: Foundation 158000148 15 Term 2
Islam: Foundations 158000189 15 Term 1
Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Middle Persian 158000183
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 30 Full Year
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
History of Zionism 155901168 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict 155901167 30 Full Year
Jerusalem: A City in Conflict 155905003 15 Term 1
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 15 Term 2
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecure of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 2
Art and Architecture of Medieval Islamic Turkey: the Seljuks and their Neighbours 154900195 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 30 Full Year
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 30 Full Year
H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 30 Full Year
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 30 Full Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
Eastern Christianity 158000132 15 Term 1
Orthodox Christianity 158000131 15 Term 2
Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Syriac Texts on Christians and Muslims 158000034 30 Full Year
Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Bible and its Interpretation in Ancient Judaism 158000160 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The Role and Representation of Women in Judaism 158000154 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Identity and Language in Hebrew literature 155901411 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project in Middle Eastern Studies 155901386 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project in Hebrew/Israeli Studies 155900738 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project (Turkish Literature) 155901052 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies 155900733 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

There is no year abroad for this programme

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 on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2018/19 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 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

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

Employment

As a student specialising in the Middle East, 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.

Students graduating with this degree have opportunities to work in education, the Middle Eastern media, the BBC, in the press, the Civil Service and non-governmental organisations, and wherever a knowledge of the Middle East is a key skill.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

My course and the department is fantastic, and the lecturers go the extra mile to help you out

Yumna Islam

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