SOAS University of London

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

MA ... and Intensive Language (Arabic)

duration:
Full time: 2 years. Part time: 4 years.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree and these can be viewed at http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/ Students wishing to take certain options as their Major will normally be expected to have their 1st degree in that discipline. This applies to those wishing to have their Major in Social Anthropology, Economics, Politics (of the Middle East), and Law.

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with the Arab Middle East in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.

In the two-year pathway, students can take intensive Arabic language with either MA Islamic Societies and Cultures, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, or MA Palestine Studies, therefore making these programmes unique in Europe. The student will be provided with a near proficient ability in the Arabic language.

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Combinations

May be combined with:

Once you have checked the structure for this programme via the structure tab, please click into the above discipline that you would like to study. You will then see the full list of optional courses available to you.

Structure

In the two-year language pathway, students take 60 credits of Arabic and one discipline module in their first year. During the summer, they will participate in a summer school in Jordan. Upon their return, they will take 30 credits of Arabic in their second year and 60 credits discipline subject. They would also be expected to choose a Major in which to write the dissertation.  In the intensive-language pathway, the same rules apply as for the usual MA. 

For the part-time four year pathway, please refer to the programme specification (attached below) of your preferred discipline. 

The intensive language modules will be assessed by a combination of exams and continuous assessment, involving in-class

Two-year syllabus

The syllabus below is for students who enter this programme without any previous knowledge of Arabic language

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 1 (PG) 15PNMC413 60 Full Year
Intensive Intermediate Summer Arabic 15PNMC414 45 Full Year
Discipline Modules

Students take 60 credits in their discipline.

Year 2
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Advanced Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC420 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Compulsory Dissertation

Students will complete a Dissertation module worth 60 credits in the discipline subject.

Four-year syllabus

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Learning outcomes will vary depending on the combination of modules chosen by individual students. Learning outcomes for each module can be found under the information provided on the relevant list of postgraduate modules on the departmental page of the SOAS website.  In general, by the end of the programme students will have learnt the following:

Knowledge
  • How to assess data and evidence critically from manuscripts and digital sources, solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations, locate materials, use research-sources (particularly research-library catalogues) and other relevant traditional sources.
  • Subject-specific skills are an amalgam of the skills described for each of the three options chosen by candidates from the cross-department/faculty choices available in the relevant programme-descriptors.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students will learn to become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence and should also come to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
  • Students will learn to question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.
  • Communicate effectively in writing subject-based practical skills.
  • Language-students will learn the chosen language at the appropriate level.
  • Present seminar-papers.
  • Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Practise research-techniques in a variety of specialised research-libraries and institutes.
Transferable skills
  • Writing good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Study a variety of written and digital materials in libraries and research-institutes of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.
  • Present (non-assessed) material orally.
  • To acquire/develop skills in Arabic language to Effective Operational Proficiency level.
  • To demonstrate awareness of the conceptual and communicative underpinnings of Arabic and through this interlinguistic and intercultural understanding.
  • Communicate in written and spoken medium in contemporary Arabic.
  • Engage with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understand the role of different frames of reference.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

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

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