SOAS University of London

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

MA Israeli Studies

duration:
The MA is taken full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years.

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

  • The usual qualification for entry is a good first degree in a relevant field. However, the School is keen to offer the course to those with a real passion for the subject, who wish to develop a strong interest within an academic framework.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA Israeli Studies is an interdisciplinary degree which explores the history, culture, politics, language and music of Israel. The programme is based on a modular system, so the subjects covered can be as diverse as the political thought of Vladimir Jabotinsky, Christian Zionism, the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, the rise of Palestinian nationalism, the struggle of Soviet Jews for emigration, the writings of Mendele Moykher-Sforim, the music of the hasidim, Palestinian Islamism, the teachings of the Rambam and the Ramban.

Email: yw11@soas.ac.uk

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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, 30 credits are selected as a major from List A, 30 further credits are taken as the minor from List A, 30 credits in the minor from List A or B, and 30 credits from the approved open options list.

Compulsory Dissertation

Students must take the Dissertation below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East 15PNMC999 60 Full Year
Major

Students must take 30 credits from List A as their major

Minor (List A)

Students must take 30 credits from List A as their minor.

Minor (List A or List B)

Students may take a further 60 credits from List A or List B for their minor, OR 30 credits from List A or List B AND 30 credits in an approved open option.

List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Zionist Ideology 15PNMC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
Jerusalem: Life in a Contested Place 15PNMH008 15 Term 1
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art 15PSRH028 15 Term 1
Family, Work and Leisure in Ancient Judaism 15PSRH027 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Judaism and Gender 15PSRH029 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 30 Full Year
Intermediate Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC393 30 Full Year
Advanced Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC394 30 Full Year
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World 15PANC012 30 Full Year
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 30 Full Year
The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans 15PHIC004 1.0

 

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 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).
Linguistic skills
  • 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 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

The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary

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 student specialising in Israeli 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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