SOAS University of London

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

MA Islamic Studies

duration:
One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

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

  • Upper second class honours BA (or equivalent) in Arabic. An upper second class honours BA / BSc degree in any other subject is an acceptable qualification providing it is accompanied by the required level of Arabic language: students should be able to read and understand original Classical Arabic texts, such as Qur'an, Hadith, Tafsir, Sirah, Fiqh.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA offers the students the opportunity to concentrate on the Qur'an, the Hadith and other Islamic texts, and so provides a unique training in the translation of Islamic religious material. The degree is designed to benefit academics, teachers of Islam in other institutions, translators of Islamic material into English in research centres, government departments and da'wa centres. It provides excellent research training and is a useful qualification for those who wish to progress to higher postgraduate degrees.

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. From the taught modules, 60 credits are selected as a major from List A, a further 60 credits are selected as the minor from List A or List B or 30 credits from List A or List B and 30 credits of an approved open option.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East 15PNMC999 60 Full Year
List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Early and Medieval Arabic Linguistic Thought: Scholarship and Literature 15PNMC410 30 Full Year
Qur'an and Hadith Studies 15PNMC006 30 Full Year
The Qur'an:Language,Style and Translation in English 15PNMC142 30 Full Year
Islamic Legal Texts in Arabic 15PNMC037 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
IslamicTexts 15PNMC144 30 Full Year
Translation of IslamicTexts (a project) 15PNMC145 30 Full Year
Sufism 15PNMC036 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Early and Classical Qur'anic Exegesis: Literature and Thought 15PNMC423 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Medieval Arabic Thought: the Philosophical and Theological Traditions 15PNMC388 30 Full Year
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Islamic Law (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2
Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

 

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
  • 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.
  • Systematic understanding of Arabic material from the Qur'an and Hadith as well as representative texts in theology,
  • Islamic philosophy, law and mysticism.
  • Ability to identify and explain stylistic features of the Qur'an and Hadith and understand the methodologies used for their authentication, interpretation and translation into English.
  • Ability to understand technical terms and to place passages in their historical and intellectual context.
  • Ability to understand current issues in Islamic thought and movements, relating them to their historical origins and contemporary world situations.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students will learn to become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence, and to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
  • Students will learn to question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.
  • Students will acquire an ability to represent with intelligence, fairness and integrity views different from their own, show the basis on which they stand and discuss them.
  • Students will learn to demonstrate sophisticated understanding of religious issues and intellectual flexibility, using various methods of study, such as the linguistic, historical, hermeneutic and social sciences.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers.
  • Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
Transferrable skills
  • Write good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Understand unconventional ideas.
  • 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.
  • Be able to manage time.

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-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-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

H.E. Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 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 Islamic 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

Before I came to SOAS, I knew that my grade would depend on either one or two large assignments and I was apprehensive about that—almost scared, however I am glad as I got to learn a lot about myself as a student. I became more independent academically and got to see what I can really accomplished without teachers “coddling” me along the way. Extremely refreshing!

Tamara Bah, American University, Washington

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