SOAS University of London

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

BA Turkish and ... (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
4 years

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 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

Entry requirements

  • 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 to 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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  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
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Overview

Start of programme: September annually

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

At SOAS the study of Turkish can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined-honours degrees in Turkish are four-year programmes that expose students to at least three years intensive study of Turkish language and literature.

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.

Convenors

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:

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.

BA Turkish and Another Subject is a 4-year degree that gives students the opportunity to study the language of Turkey and the Ottoman empire ab initio to advanced levels in four years and to learn about the culture and literary traditions of Turkey and the Ottoman world, in parallel with either another language, such as Arabic or Persian, or a discipline that will give them a broader context of, for example, the History of Art and Archaeology, Religions and Philosophies, History, Politics, Music, Law, Economics and Anthropology of the region. 

The programme structure varies depending on whether Turkish is combined with another language or a discipline.

BA Turkish and another Discipline

When combined with a discipline, students normally take an equal number of modules in both named subjects while at SOAS but the have the option of taking only 30 credits in Turkish and 90 credits in the discipline in the final year.

Year 1 students begin with the Intensive Modern Turkish Language module (60 credits) and take two other modules in their second subject (discipline).

Year 2 is the Year Abroad at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where students continue the study of Turkish while also taking advantage of the wide range of courses in different disciplines.

In Year 3, back at SOAS, students continue with the study of Turkish language and take either Ottoman or a literature module in addition to two modules in their other subject.

In Year 4 students consolidate their Turkish proficiency by taking the Advanced Translation module and EITHER take an additional 30 credits from a list of modules related to Turkish and 60 credits from their second subject OR take 90 credits from their second subject.

BA Arabic and Turkish

In Year 1 students begin with Arabic 1 Intensive and take the module Literatures of the NME.

In Year 2 students continue with Arabic and begin Turkish (Intensive Modern Turkish).  They take another unit in Arabic.

Year 3 is the Year Abroad, with one semester in Jordan and the other semester in Turkey.

In Year 4 students take Arabic 4 and Advanced Turkish (or Advanced Translation if their level allows it), another 30 or 60 credits from Turkish or Arabic-related courses.

BA Turkish and Persian

For specific information on combining Turkish and Persian, please see the Programme Structure pdf below.

NB: The structure for this module has changed for new students who enrolled in or after September 2017. Students who enrolled in 2016/17 or earlier, please use the structure directly below. Students who enrolled in/after September 2017, please use the structure set out at the bottom of this page.

Structure for students who enrolled before September 2017

Year 1

A typical syllabus

* Core module signifies a module that must be passed before progressing to the following year of study

Year 2

* Core module signifies a module that must be passed before progressing to the following year of study

Year 3

The third year is spent at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where a full programme of study is scheduled: students are expected to attend a minimum of four courses each semester and are required to sit the local examinations.

If there is room for a year abroad and Istanbul is chosen, two semesters are spent at the Boghazici University. There students are expected to attend a minimum of four modules each semester and are required to sit the local examinations.

Year 4
  • Advanced Turkish/English/Turkish Translation - Compulsory; 30 units
  • One course from List A, B2, B3 or C OR a course in the second or another subject (if the whole Year Abroad was spent in Turkey)
  • Two units in the second subject; 60 credits

* A course in the second subject can only be taken by students who have spent the entire Year Abroad in Turkey.

Structure for students starting in or after September 2017

Year 1 - Students with some previous knowledge of Turkish
Core Module

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Turkish Language 155901194 60 Full Year
Second Subject

Students take 60 credits in their Second Subject.

Year 1 - Students without previous knowledge of Turkish
Core Module

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
Year 2: Year Abroad

Students spend the whole year at Boğaziçi University if the second subject is a discipline and one semester if Turkish is combined with another language. There students are expected to attend a minimum of four modules each semester and are required to sit the local examinations.

Year 3
Core Module

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Turkish Language 155900548 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Choose ONE of the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 30 Full Year
Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation) 155901380 30 Full Year
Twentieth Century Turkish Literature 155901405 30 Full Year
Second Subject

Students take 60 credits in their Second Subject.

Year 4
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Turkish/English/Turkish Translation 155900913 30 Full Year
PLUS
Compulsory Module

A module from List A, B2, B3 or C to the value of 30 credits

OR

A module(s) to the value of 30 credits from the second subject (Only if year abroad was spent in Turkey)

PLUS

A modules to the value of 60 credits in the second subject

List of modules (subject to availability)
List A: Turkish modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ottoman Turkish Language 155900549 30 Full Year
Twentieth Century Turkish Literature 155901405 30 Full Year
Classical Ottoman Literature 155900744 30 Full Year
Independent Study Project (Turkish Literature) 155901052 30 Full Year
Extended Essay in Turkish Studies a 155901340 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Extended Essay in Turkish Studies b 155901341 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
List B1: Introductory modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related modules

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.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Arabic Culture 155901205 30 Full Year
Department of History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 30 Full Year
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
R130 Introduction to Islam 158000189 15 Term 1
R170 Introduction to the Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 15 Term 2
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East 154900101 15 Term 2
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
States, people, and power in Asia and Africa 153400056 30 Full Year
List B2: Intermediate modules in Turkish and Middle Eastern-related modules

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant convenor before selecting modules.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Muslim World: Unity in Diversity 155901258 30 Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry 155901372 30 Full Year
Department of History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 30 Full Year
H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291 154800254 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers and Dynasts 154800222 30 Full Year
H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Eastern Christianity 158000132 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Orthodox Christianity 158000131 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 15 Term 1
Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 30 Full Year
Islam in Britain 158000169 30 Full Year
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Art and Architecture of Medieval Iran and Central Asia (10th-13th centuries) 154900188 15 Term 1
Ottoman Art and Architecture (14th-17th centuries) 154900185 15 Term 2
Life and Death in Islamic Architecture 154900186 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World 154900187 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Architecture of Medieval Islamic Turkey: the Seljuks and their Neighbours 154900195 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Islamic Art Theories and Aesthetics 154900205 15 Term 1
Mughal Arts: Sound, Text, and Image 158100005 15 Term 2
Art and Material Culture of the Islamic World: 7th to 14th Centuries 154900138 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Mosaics, Manuscripts, and Wall Painting in Islamic Art 154900134 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
War and Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art and Architecure of Medieval Syria and Palestine 154900197 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Department of Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 155800092 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in Turkish Politics 153400076 15 Term 2 Not Running
Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 30 Full Year
International Relations of the Middle East 153400081 30 Full Year
School of Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Law 155200037 30 Full Year
List B3: Advanced modules in Middle Eastern history, politics and economics

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant convenor before selecting modules.

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Politics and Aesthetics in Modern Arabic Literature 155901382 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Classical Arabic historians 155901334 30 Full Year
Modern Persian Poetry 155901379 30 Full Year
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
Department of History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H343 Reform, Resistance and Revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909 (I) 154800197 30 Full Year
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islam and Democracy 153400065 30 Full Year
Department of Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of the modern Middle East 153400031 30 Full Year
List C: Optional language modules
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 100 A 155906050 15 Term 1
Arabic 100 B 155906051 15 Term 2
Arabic 200 155901203 30 Full Year
Arabic 300 155901204 30 Full Year
Arabic 2 155900897 30 Full Year
Arabic 4 155900899 30 Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts 155901155 30 Full Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 30 Full Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Intermediate 155900713 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Advanced 155900714 30 Full Year
Intercollegiate language modules

Please see the Teaching & Learning tab for more details on intercollegiate modules in Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian, Hungarian and Romanian.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

One semester si spent at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey in the third year (http://www.boun.edu.tr/en-US/Index). There students are expected to attend a minimum of four modules each semester and are required to sit the local examinations at Boğaziçi University.

All students need to submit an application to Boğaziçi University by May of the previous year and they are assisted by the BA Convenor in doing so.  A detailed Briefing Document  is also provided in advance.

It is possible to apply for university accommodation at Boğaziçi University (details provide in the Briefing Document), though most students prefer to make their own arrangements even though Istanbul is no longer a cheap city.  Rents and cost of living in Istanbul are almost comparable to London, though still a little cheaper.

The SOAS BA convenor determines progression to the final year on the basis of performance and, if required,  following consultation with colleagues at Boğaziçi. Students are expected to pass at least 6 semester-long modules or their equivalent.  If they do not, then they need to submit an Independent Project to be agreed with the SOAS BA convenor, normally an essay of approximately 10,000 words in English, by  September 1.  The topic of the project is decided in consultation with the subject tutors at SOAS.

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.

Intercollegiate Modules

Modern Greek (KCL)
  • Modern Greek language I 4AABL001
  • Modern Greek language II 5AABL002
  • Modern Greek language III 6AABL003
Russian (UCL; http://www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/russunit.htm)
  • Foundation Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
Ukrainian (UCL)
  • SEEU1001 Ukrainian Language
  • SEEU2001 Ukrainian Language 2a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEEU2002 Ukrainian Language 2b - Production (15 credits)
  • SEEU4001 Ukrainian Language 3a - Comprehension (15 credits) SEEU4002 Ukrainian Language 3b - Production (15 credits)
Bulgarian (UCL)
  • SEEB1001 Bulgarian Language Level 1
  • SEEB2001 Bulgarian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEEB2002 Bulgarian Language Level 2b - Production (15 credits)
  • SEEB4001 Bulgarian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEEB4002 Bulgarian Language Level 3b - Production (15 credits)
Serbian/Croatian (UCL)
  • SEEY1001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 1
  • SEEY2001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEEY2002 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 2b - Production (15 credits)
  • SEEY4001 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEEY4002 Serbian and Croatian Language Level 3b - Production (15 credits)
Hungarian (UCL)
  • SEEH1001 Hungarian Language Level 1
  • SEEH2001 Hungarian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEEH2002 Hungarian Language Level 2b - Production (15 credits)
  • SEEH4001 Hungarian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEEH4002 Hungarian Language Level 3b - Production (15 credits)
Romanian (UCL)
  • SEER1001 Romanian Language Level 1
  • SEER2001 Romanian Language Level 2a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEER2002 Romanian Language Level 2b - Production (15 credits)
  • SEER4001 Romanian Language Level 3a - Comprehension (15 credits)
  • SEER4002 Romanian Language Level 3b - Production (15 credits)

Pre Entry Reading

  • Zuercher, Erik J.: Turkey, A Modern History. London: I B Tauris, 1993
  • Fergar, Feyyaz Kayacan (ed.), Modern Turkish Poetry. The Rockingham Press, 1992

Fees and funding

Employment

As a graduate who specialised in Turkish, 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. 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 region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Turkish 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.

Graduates have found employment in the Foreign Office, in education, the media with the BBC or the Turkish Radio station, in the press, in multinational business companies. Others have chosen non-governmental organisations such as Amnesty International.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the 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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