SOAS University of London

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

BA Persian

duration:
4 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

  • Subjects Preferred: A-level or equivalent in a foreign language is preferred.
  • 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: T660 BA/P

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September annually

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The four-year single subject Persian degree programme at SOAS not only offers the students the opportunity to study the Persian language in-depth and intensively but also to focus on the literature and culture of a vast geographic area extending beyond the borders of modern Iran and into Central Asia and the Caucuses. SOAS is one of only a handful of British universities that offers the comprehensive study of modern and classical Persian language and literature at full degree level. Furthermore, the introduction of the year abroad in Iran will enable the students to become fluent in the formal and learned as well as the modern Persian vernacular, and to become linguistically equipped for a deeper study of the subject when they return to SOAS. The presence of expertise in Iranian studies related disciplines at almost every other academic department at SOAS, as well as a vibrant an active Centre for Iranian Studies further enhances this programme.

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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 Year 1, students begin the intensive study of modern Persian language (known to native Iranian speakers as Farsi) as well as a module that surveys the literature of the Near & Middle East. Depending on their interest the students choose one further module related to the study of Iran or the Middle East offered by other departments. (Lists B & C programme website).

Year 2 will be spent in Iran under the compulsory Year Abroad Programme, currently in partnership with the Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, where they will continue to study Persian intensively, as well as taking advantage of the many comparative literature and art history modules open to them.

In Year 3, back at SOAS, students will take a compulsory advanced Persian language module and a literature module and either a module related to Iranian or Persian studies, or an open option.

In Year 4 students continue to consolidate their Persian proficiency by taking higher level Persian language modules, a literature module, and an Independent Study Project in Persian. They may select another Persian language use option or a further module from the range of options that would complement their academic profile or an open option in another department.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Intensive Persian Language 155901242 2 UnitsFull Year
Compulsory Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Module

Module(s) to the value of 30 credits, at an approved level from List B or C or an approved open option.

Year 2
Language Year Abroad in Iran (Compulsory)

Students will spend their Year Abroad at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad

Year 3
Core Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 UnitFull Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 1 UnitFull Year
AND
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 1 UnitFull Year
OR
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Classical Persian Prose Texts 155900334 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Module

Module(s) to the value of 30 credits at an approved level from list B or C, or an approved open option.

Year 4
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 1 UnitFull Year
AND
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Modern Persian Prose Literature 155900336 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
OR
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Module

Module(s) to the value of 30 credits at an approved level from list B or C, or an approved open option.

List A. List of Persian-language modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Intensive Persian Language 155901242 2 UnitsFull Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 1 UnitFull Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 UnitFull Year
Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 1 UnitFull Year
Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 1 UnitFull Year
Classical Persian Prose Texts 155900334 1 UnitFull Year
Modern Persian Prose Literature 155900336 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Independent Study Project in Persian Studies 155901184 1 UnitFull Year
List B. Approved options in the NME department subject to availability. Always check with the programme convenor.

Please note that some of these modules will be subject to pre-requisites.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 1 UnitFull Year
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 1 UnitFull Year
Introduction to Sufism 155901375 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 1 UnitFull Year
Introduction to Israeli Culture 155900947 1 UnitFull Year
Islamic Intellectual Tradition 155901338 1 UnitFull Year
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1 155905000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2 155905001 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Middle Persian 158000183 30 credits (1 unit)
Elementary Written Turkish 155901051 1 UnitFull Year
Arabic 100 155901202 1 UnitFull Year
Arabic 200 155901203 1 UnitFull Year
Arabic 300 155901204 1 UnitFull Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary 155901407 1 UnitFull Year
List C. Other Persian and Middle East-related modules

These are taught by the Departments of History, Study of Religions, Art and Archaeology, Music, Law, Politics and International Studies, and Economics. Before selecting a module, students must first check that the module is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 1 UnitFull Year
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 1 UnitFull Year
H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers and Dynasts 154800222 1 UnitFull Year
H434 The Mongols and the Islamic World (II) 154800291 1 UnitFull Year
Islam: Foundations 158000189 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Zoroastrianism: Foundation 158000187 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Mysticism in the Great Traditions 158000022 1 UnitFull Year
Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 1 UnitFull Year
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 1 UnitFull Year
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
House and Tomb in the Muslim World 154900186 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries) 154900188 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Islamic Law 155200037 1 UnitFull Year
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 1 UnitFull Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 1 UnitFull Year
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 1 UnitFull Year

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

SOAS Persian Language Year Abroad

Students will spend the second year of their BA Persian in Iran under the compulsory Year Abroad Programme, currently in partnership with the Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, where they will continue to study Persian intensively, as well as taking advantage of the many comparative literature and art history courses open to them.

(Full name of the institute: Ferdowsi Centre for Teaching Persian to Non-Persian Speakers, Ferdowsi University, Mashhad (http://ctpl.um.ac.ir/index.php/en/)

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • Advanced Knowledge of written and spoken Persian and another Language if applicable.
  • A coherent, in-depth and detailed knowledge of Persian culture in its historical and contemporary context.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of history, politics, societies and traditions of the region.
  • Intercultural awareness and understanding.
  • Key methods and concepts of linguistic, literary and cultural analysis.
     
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Ability to identify, describe and analyse problems and devise and sustain appropriate strategies for their resolution.
  • Communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing with due regard for the target audience.
  • Oral and written application of linguistic and literary concepts and methods of inquiry.
  • Gather, process and evaluate information, critically and from a non-Eurocentric perspective
  • Ability to structure and manage independent learning and to make use of scholarly and other primary sources related to Iran, Persian and the wider Persianate world.
  • Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge.
     
Subject-based practical skills
  • Gather, sift, process and evaluate information from a variety of print, audio-visual and electronic sources.
  • Communicate orally and in writing in Persian, fluently, effectively and appropriately with grammatical accuracy and idiomatic knowledge with native and other competent speakers.
  • Read and understand modern Persian to an advanced level of proficiency.
  • Contextualize and comment satisfactorily on Persian texts from a variety of sources from medieval to modern print and digital media.
  • Demonstrate a good level of knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and varieties of Persian.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge and, using appropriate methodologies, a critical understanding of the culture, politics, history, religion and society of Iran and other Persian speaking countries.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and useful understanding of the linguistic principles required to analyse Persian.
  • Plan, undertake and produce a bibliographically based piece of research on a topic within the broader spectrum of Persian language, literature or culture if the option of an ISP is selected.
  • Adapt to diverse situations, customs and traditions by living and studying in Iran.
     
Transferable skills

The programme will encourage and equip students to:

  • Gather, process and evaluate information efficiently from a variety of paper,
    audio-visual and digital sources.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively and with clarity, both orally and in writing.
  • Use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning.
  • Manage time and work to deadlines.
  • Work independently.
  • Be self-reliant, confident and make judgments on complex issues.
  • Assess the relevance and importance of others’ ideas and develop an understanding of relativity of cultures and traditional attitudes.
  • Participate constructively in groups.

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
Kamran Djam Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-05-03 17:00

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 graduate who specialised in Persian, 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.

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, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. Some recent students have found employment in governmental institutions in Britain and elsewhere, others in non-governmental organisations, for instance, the Red Cross. Some have continued in the academic world; others have entered teaching or other professions.

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

A Student's Perspective

Nothing can truly describe your own personal SOAS experience, but one thing I can say is that it will be something you will remember for a lifetime and learn from not only your classes, but through life experience while being here.

Farkhanda Mohiyuddin

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