SOAS University of London

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

BA Middle Eastern Studies and ...

duration:
Three years

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

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This is a three-year programme that combines study of the basics of one or more modern Middle Eastern languages and their cultural background with another subject. The list of second subjects is currently under development.

Key Information Set Data

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

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Key Information Set Data


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

Combinations

May be combined with:

*taught at King’s College, London

Key Information Set data

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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.

Year 1
Core Module

Choose ONE of the following modules. This module will be considered core and must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module

Choose a further module from the list above OR a language unit at a suitable level OR modules to the value of one unit from the list of options below.

Second Subject

2 units are taken in the other subject

Year 2
Core Module

Choose ONE of the following modules. This module will be considered core and must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 1 Unit Full Year
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Module

Choose a further module from the list above OR a language unit at a suitable level OR modules to the value of one unit from the list of options below.

Second Subject

2 units are taken in the other subject

Year 3
Compulsory Module

Choose modules to the value of one unit from the list below.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Independent Study Project in Middle Eastern Studies 155901386 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies 155900733 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Hebrew/Israeli Studies 155900738 1 Unit Full Year
Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 1 Unit Full Year
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 0.5 Unit Term 1
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 0.5 Unit Term 2
Optional Module

Choose further modules to the value of one unit from the list above (but not a second ISP), OR a language unit OR one unit from the list of options below.

Second Subject

2 units are taken in the other subject

Language Module Options
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Arabic 100 155901202 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 200 155901203 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 2 155900897 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 500 155900898 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 4 155900899 1 Unit Full Year
Qur'anic Arabic 155901400 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Advanced 155900714 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language 155900547 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Turkish Language 155900548 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Structure of Abkhaz 155901176 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
List of Optional Modules

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 1 Unit Full Year
Judaism: Foundation 158000148 0.5 Unit Term 2
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 Unit Term 1
Persian Poetry in Translation 155901277 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Middle Persian 158000183 1 unit Unit
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 1 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 1 Unit Full Year
History of Zionism 155901168 1 Unit Full Year
Israeli History and the Israel-Palestine Conflict 155901167 1 Unit Full Year
Jerusalem: A City in Conflict 155905003 0.5 Unit Term 2
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 0.5 Unit Term 2
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecure of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 0.5 Unit Term 2
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Art and Architecture of Medieval Islamic Turkey: the Seljuks and their Neighbours 154900195 0.5 Unit Term 1
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Islamic Law 155200037 1 Unit Full Year
H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 1 Unit Full Year
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 1 Unit Full Year
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 Unit Full Year
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 0.5 Unit Term 1
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 0.5 Unit Term 1
Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Eastern Christianity 158000132 0.5 Unit Term 1
Orthodox Christianity 158000131 0.5 Unit Term 2
Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Role and Representation of Women in Judaism 158000154 0.5 Unit Term 2
Identity and Language in Hebrew literature 155901411 1 Unit Full Year
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

There is no Year Abroad on this programme.  If you wish to take a programme with a Year Abroad requirement then please look at the named language degrees within the Near and Middle East Department.

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. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 00:00

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

Employment

As a student specialising in the languages and cultures of 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.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the Middle East, or to make comparative study with other areas. Middle Eastern Studies may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page. 

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 Middle Eastern language and culture is a key skill.

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

A Student's Perspective

I also really appreciated the contact between professors and students and the exchange of knowledge that is established. I loved the way professors made us understand that even them, had something to learn from us students.

Mariam Kandil, Sciences-Po Paris

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