SOAS University of London

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

MA ... and Intensive Language (Arabic) (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 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

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

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

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 pathways will enable them to develop a serious competency in Arabic, and achieve an advanced professional level depending on their starting knowledge of the language.

In this two-year pathway (FT), students can combine intensive Arabic language with several disciplines (see 'Combinations' Tab), including MA Islamic Societies and Cultures, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, or MA Palestine Studies, making these programmes unique in Europe.

Access to the Intensive Arabic language pathway is currently available for students with

a) beginner,

b) intermediate,

c) advanced level of proficiency.

Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Students taking MA NME Studies as their discipline cannot choose additional Arabic language modules from the Languages list, though they are encouraged to take another Middle Eastern language like Persian, Turkish or Hebrew.

Students bear the costs of travel to and from Jordan, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

The following disciplines are available with the Intensive Arabic pathway

Anthropology and Sociology

History

History of Art

Linguistics

Near and Middle East

Religions and Philosophies

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School in Jordan) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf pathway specification at the bottom of the page.

Please see the relevant web pages for information on the discipline parts of the programme.

Two Years Beginner
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 1 (PG) 15PNMC413 60 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Intermediate Summer Arabic 15PNMC414 45 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Intermediate
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Intermediate Arabic/English Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC418 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Advanced Summer Arabic (PG) 15PNMC416 45 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Advanced
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC402 30 Full Year
Higher Intermediate Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC419 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Higher Advanced Summer Arabic (PG) 15PNMC417 30 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC420 30 Full Year
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

 

This is the structure for applicants

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

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

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary. 

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning Outcomes

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 2018/19 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
£9,225 £18,980
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