SOAS University of London

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

MA Palestine Studies

Fees 2018/19

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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

2018 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA Palestine Studies is a simultaneously disciplinary and interdisciplinary programme that provides students with an overview of the ways in which varying bodies of scholarship across and intra various disciplines engage and study Palestine, and examines how the study of Palestine cuts across and informs scholarly, theoretical, political and disciplinary approaches. It develops an understanding of the complexities of modern and contemporary Palestine through a study of relevant material, and of the dynamics of colonisation, displacement, insecurity and security. It attends to the place of culture in representing conflict and identity politics and as a means of mediation and resistance.

The flexible study programme and the interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students’ knowledge of issues relating to the questions of conflict and political economy, development, cultural politics, social and economic relations, identity, and other major concerns of humanities and social sciences. Students will develop an understanding of Palestinian history, political structure, development, culture and society. And they will become familiar with different disciplinary approaches, models, and scholarship frameworks in the study of Palestine, and the ability to write critically on topics relevant to the study of Palestine.



Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Students should follow the programme structure set out below.

Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Compulsory Modules

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Palestine Studies 15PNMC424 60 Full Year
Optional Modules

Students choose a further 60 credits from List A or List B OR 30 credits from the list of open options and 30 credits from List A or B.

List A: Palestine-Specific Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 30 Full Year
Zionist Ideology 15PNMC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 30 Full Year
List B: Modules Relating to the Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 30 Full Year
Intermediate Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC407 30 Full Year
Advanced Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC402 30 Full Year
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 30 Full Year
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 30 Full Year
Intermediate Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC393 30 Full Year
Advanced Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC394 30 Full Year
Anthropology and Sociology Department
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Development Studies Department
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 15 Term 2
Centre for Gender Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 2
Economics Department
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 30 Full Year
History Department
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II 15PHIH049 15 Term 2
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 15 Term 1
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 15 Term 2
School of Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
Politics and International Studies Department
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 30 Full Year
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 30 Full Year
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1


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


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 resources

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire specific factual knowledge about the history, political structure, development, culture and society of Palestine (see aim four above).
  • Comprehend the complex global and local historical and political context of Palestine and the Palestine-Israel Conflict (see aim three above).
  • Appreciate the diversity of contemporary Palestinian society and cultures (see aims three and four above).
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Critically assess the historical development of Palestinian society and culture, and the global context of Palestine-Israel conflict (see aims three and four above).
  • Engage with the study of Palestine in accordance with a multidisciplinary curriculum and a flexible study programme encompassing a comprehensive range of issues relevant to law and human rights, politics, development studies, gender, social and economical transformation, media, language, literature and cinema (see aims one and two above).
Subject-based practical skills
  • Learn to use Palestine-related reference materials and research tools, the most recent research in various areas of Palestine Studies presented in the core course and in the optional units (see aim two above).
Transferrable skills
  • The ability to organise research, formulate arguments, gather and evaluate data, formulate conclusions and present these in a coherent and clear manner (see aims one and two above).

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. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

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


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