SOAS University of London

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

MA in Iranian Studies


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

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: This programme will run from 2013/14. September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Among all universities in Europe and North America SOAS host the biggest concentration of research and teaching staff working on Iranian history, politics, economics, religions, art and archeology, linguistics, Persian language and literature, media, film, anthropology and music. SOAS has the resources to offer a comprehensive, critical perspective on a variety of aspects of Iranian society and culture and go beyond the contemporary public debates around this country.

The MA in Iranian Studies enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian area and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural make up of Iran.

The flexible study programme and interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students knowledge about the religious and politico-cultural influences affecting contemporary Iran and the region it is embedded in. Students will develop a critical understanding of the literature and/or of Iran and the diaspora and gain an understanding of Iran in the context of the Middle East with respect to gender, politics, Islam, music, and migration (minor module options). Persian language and literature will also be studied.

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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.

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students must take the core module Iran: Culture, History, Politics (30 credits), 30 credits from List A, and a further 60 credits from List A or List B.

Core Module

Students must take the following module.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Students must take 30 credits from List A and the Dissertation below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Iranian Studies 15PNMC998 60 Full Year
Optional Modules

Choose modules to the value of 60 credits from List A and/or List B

List A: Iran-specific modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Persian Language 15PNMC415 30 Full Year
Persian Language 2 (PG) 15PNMC033 30 Full Year
Persian Language 3 (PG) 15PNMC408 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 30 Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 30 Full Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 30 Full Year
Text and Context in Zoroastrianism 15PSRC036 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in Perisan Studies 15PNMC425 30 Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry (Masters) 15PNMC401 30 Full Year
Avestan I 15PSRC033 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 30 Full Year
List B - Modules relating to the Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 30 Full Year
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
International politics of the Middle East 15PPOC027 30 Full Year
Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 15 Term 2

 

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.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • Acquire specific factual knowledge about modern Iranian history and politics, religion and society, arts, literature, media, economics.
  • Appreciate the diversity and complexity of contemporary Iranian society and culture.
  • In the intensive language pathway, students will furthermore be able to study a language to a certain level of proficiency, thus immersing them in the language of the region.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian area.
  • Analyse Iran in accordance with an interdisciplinary curriculum and a flexible study programme encompassing the full range of historical, cultural and socio-economic aspects of the country in past and present.
  • Students will learn how to assess data and evidence critically from a variety of sources and how to resolve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations.
  • Students will learn the strengths and disciplines of particular disciplinary and theoretical approaches, cultivating their ability to draw on a variety of such approaches.
  • Students will learn how to design and manage an independent research project, formulating the problem to be addressed, identifying the data to be analysed, and synthesizing the findings to present well-supported conclusions.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Learn to use Iran-related reference materials and research tools, the most recent research in various areas of Iranian studies presented in the core module and in the optional units.
  • Students will learn how to read critically, to participate effectively in seminar discussions, and to present their work in both oral and written form.
  • More specific skills will depend on the particular modules taken.
Transferrable skills
  • The ability to organise research, formulate arguments, gather and evaluate data, formulate conclusions and present these in a coherent and clear manner.
  • Students will learn how to access and evaluate electronic and other data effectively and efficiently.
  • Students will learn how to solve complex problems, for example concerning economic development, historical causation, literary interpretation, or political decision-making.
  • Students will learn how to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and formats.

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. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Kamran Djam Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-05-03 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

As a postgraduate student specialising in Iranian Studies, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.

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 in both business and 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.

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

A Student's Perspective

I found the Masterclass to be really interesting and both a valuable insight into the style of learning at SOAS and the social environment. It gave me a better idea of what to expect at university and at SOAS in particular.

Jasmine Arif

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