SOAS University of London

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

MA... and Intensive Language (Turkish) (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview and entry requirements

The MA (discipline) and Intensive Language (Turkish) programme is a two-year language pathway, directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Turkey. The intensive training in Turkish language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Turkish.

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Turkish language over two years (including a period in Turkey).

Access to the Turkish language pathway is currently available for students with the following level of proficency: beginner or post-beginner. Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants). 

See Near and Middle East Department

Combine Intensive Language (Turkish) and a discipline

Choose from subjects in Anthropology and Sociology, History, History of Art, Linguistics, and Near and Middle East. (See 'Combinations' tab above for details.)

Why study Turkish Intensive Language and a discipline at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in UK
  • SOAS has an unrivalled reputation worldwide as the foremost provider of Near and Middle East studies
  • students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year at one of our partner universities

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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2 year pathway: full time (2 years) or part time (4 years).

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 3 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's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page



May be combined with:

The following disciplines are available with the Intensive Turkish pathway

Anthropology and Sociology


History of Art


Near and Middle East



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

Year 1: 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.

Year 2: students take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

Please see 'Programme specification' below to download the PDF pathways specifications of the four-year part-time version of the programme.

For information on the discipline parts of the programme see Postgraduate programmes by subject.


Two Years (full time)
Year 1 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term
Turkish 1 A (PG) 15PNMH014 15 Term 1
Turkish 1B (PG) 15PNMH015 15 Term 2
Module Code Credits Term
Persian 1 A (PG) 15PNMH016 15 Term 1
Persian 1 B (PG) 15PNMH017 15 Term 2

Students choose 30 credits from either 15PNMC406-Arabic 100 (PG)


Students choose 30 credits from Perian or Arabic language module(s) at the appropriate level

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in their selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in 15PNMC430 Intensive Intermediate Turkish (Summer) abroad.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Language Component
Module Code Credits Term
Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in their selected discipline.


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


Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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.

Contact hours

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


To acquire/develop skills in Turkish language up to the equivalent of CEF “Independent” user. 

Intellectual (thinking) skills

To demonstrate awareness of the conceptual and communicative underpinnings of Turkish and through this interlinguistic and intercultural understanding. 

Subject-based practical skills

Communicate in written and spoken medium in contemporary Turkish

Transferable skills

Engage with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understand the role of different frames of reference.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants, per academic year (Band 1 tuition fee) 

£11,980 £23,400

Please note that fees go up each year. Two-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 above is for the first year only).

For full details of tuition fees, see our postgraduate tuition fees page.

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

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


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