SOAS University of London

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

MA Turkish Studies

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

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

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

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree in a social science or humanities subject or equivalent

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme enables students to engage critically with different aspects of Turkish culture and society. The degree offers comprehensive training in the field of Turkish studies. Drawing on SOAS's wide resources in the field, the programme allows students to combine courses to build a syllabus of study according to their interests. It serves as excellent preparation for research.

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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. From the taught modules, 30 credits are selected as a major from List A1, 60 credits are selected from the lists of approved modules for their minor and a further 30 credits may be taken from any list or from the approved open options list.

NB:

  • If the chosen Major module is not a Turkish Studies module (see List A1), students may not take a Minor module in the same subject as their Major.
  • At least one Minor module must be taken from List A1, A2 or A3.
  • No more than one Minor module may be taken from List C. You may not take a module from List C if you are taking a module from List A3.
Core Module (Major)

Students must take 30 credits from the list below as their major. NB: If the chosen Major module is not from this list, students may not take a Minor module in the same subject as their Major.

Compulsory Modules

Students must take 60 credits from the list of minors and the Dissertation below

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

Students may take 30 credits from any lists or from the approved open option list.

List A1 (Major)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Social and Political Trends in 19th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC373 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 30 Full Year
Classical Ottoman Literature (Masters) 15PNMC385 30 Full Year
Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 30 Full Year
List A2 (Minor)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Art & Architecture of Medieval Anatolia and the South Caucasus (11-13th centuries) 15PARH070 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Art and Architecture of the Early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries) 15PARH068 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
List A3 (Minor)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 30 Full Year
Intensive Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC395 30 Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 30 Full Year
Advanced Translation (Turkish) 15PNMC044 30 Full Year
Advanced Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC427 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Ottoman Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC397 30 Full Year
List B (Minor)
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Department of Development Studies
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
Department of History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II 15PHIH049 15 Term 2
Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
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
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
School of Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Centre for Media and Film Studies
Department of Music
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 15 Term 1
Political violence 15PPOH009 15 Term 2
Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 15 Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 15 Term 2
Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 15 Term 1
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 15 Term 2
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 30 Full Year
Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 30 Full Year
List C (Minor)

Students may only take 30 credits from this list. Students may not take a module from this list if they are taking a module from List A3.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 30 Full Year
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 30 Full Year
Intermediate Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC393 30 Full Year
Advanced Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC394 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 30 Full Year
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 30 Full Year

 

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

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 Outcomes

Knowledge
  • To assess data and evidence critically from printed, manuscript 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.
  • To obtain a solid knowledge of texts and contexts of Ottoman and modern Turkish literature.
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To interpret literature as a product of historical and political development through a critical analysis of relevant texts.
  • To obtain a thorough grounding in the political and historical development of Turkey from the early 19th century to the contemporary period.
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To evaluate Turkey’s connections with the Middle East and Central Asia.
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To situate the study of Turkish history, politics, culture and literature within 
the wider context of the Middle East.
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To begin or further the study of Ottoman and Turkish or any of the 
neighbouring languages with which they came into close contact.
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In the intensive language pathway for Turkish: to acquire/develop skills in Turkish language up to the equivalent of CEF “independent” user. For any language, to develop language skills according to the entry level.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence, and learn to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
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Students should question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.
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Students should broaden their intellectual perspective on literature, culture, history, and politics and learn to assess and analyse Turkish developments from a non-eurocentric perspective as well as acquire sensitivity towards differing interpretations.
  • In the intensive language pathway: To demonstrate awareness of the conceptual and communicative underpinnings of Turkish or another language of the NME and through this interlinguistic and intercultural understanding.
Subject-based practical skills

The programme aims to help students with the following practical skills:

  • Communicating effectively in writing
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Retrieving, sifting and selecting information from a variety of sources.
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Listening and discussing ideas introduced during classes and seminars.
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Ability to plan and execute set tasks efficiently.
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Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
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In the intensive language pathway: Communicate in written and spoken medium in contemporary Turkish, or any other language of the Near and Middle East.
Transferrable skills

The programme will encourage students to:

  • Write good essays and dissertations.
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Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
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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.
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Present (non–assessed) material orally.
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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 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
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships
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

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

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

Employment

As a postgraduate student specialising in Turkish 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

Taking an MA in Turkish Studies at SOAS has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The programme offers a unique opportunity to study various aspects of Turkey, the Middle East and the wider Turkic world including Central Asia and the Caucasus. With areas as diverse as contemporary geopolitics, Ottoman and Turkish history as well as outstanding language learning opportunities available for study, nowhere else offers a more comprehensive course.

Edward Rowe

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