SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

MSc Middle East Politics

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

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£10,995
Overseas fees:
£18,790

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 3 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 qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Politics and international relations in the Middle East display many of the characteristic features of the modern world. Contentious legacies of imperial map-making fuel frontier disputes and throw into question the legitimacy of the territorial nation state. Governments have been repeatedly challenged by populations tired of the old rationales for authoritarian rule and angered by its repressive effects. The politics of national identity, sometimes bound up with ideas of religious identity, have been given new urgency by class conflict, by military occupation and by the growth of the security state. Meanwhile, the long history of external intervention in the states of the region has heightened domestic and regional tensions.

The degree offers students an opportunity to study politics in the region through a number of disciplinary approaches, such as political sociology (class, gender, ethnicity and sect), comparative politics (state power, political economy of development, democratic openings and nationalism), and international politics (war, international political economy, regionalism and dependency).  At the same time, it provides thematic courses that encourage students to look at political processes in the region from distinct perspectives, such as the study of political violence, the examination of the politics of resistance and the understanding of Islamic political ideologies and political movements.

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work.  Students are expected to read extensively, to make a number of presentations and to engage actively in seminar discussions.  They are also expected to write substantial papers, guided by their course tutors, but requiring significant independent work.

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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 taught courses to the value of 3 full units + dissertation:

1. TWO half units from list A (compulsory).
2-3. ONE or TWO full units (or equivalent) from list B; or ONE full unit (or equivalent) from list B and ONE full unit (or equivalent) from list C
4. Dissertation on some aspect of Middle East Politics (compulsory).

A. COMPULSORY- choose two half units, ONE in Term 1 and ONE in Term 2:
EITHER:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 0.5 Unit Term 1
Combined with ONE of the following half-unit courses offered in Term 2:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 0.5 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
OR UP TO ONE UNIT FROM THE FOLLOWING:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Combined with ONE of the following half-unit courses offered in Term 1:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 0.5 Unit Term 1
Political violence 15PPOH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
B. ONE or TWO full units (or the equivalent in half-units) from the following REGIONAL politics courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Politics Of The Middle East Full unit Unit
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
The following may only be chosen if they have not already been chosen under list A:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Political violence 15PPOH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Politics of resistance in the Middle East 15PPOH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Islam and political ideologies 15PPOH007 0.5 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
C. Up to ONE full unit (or the equivalent in half-units) from the following DISCIPLINARY politics courses:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 1 Unit Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 1 Unit Full Year
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 0.5 Unit Term 2
Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 1 Unit Full Year
Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 0.5 Unit Full Year
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 0.5 Unit Term 2
Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
COURSES offered in other departments:

Language courses: students should chose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Course Convenor during welcome week who will assess which level of course would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing course enrolments if necessary.

Language courses: students should chose the language they wish to take from the list below. They should then make contact with the relevant Course Convenor during welcome week who will assess which level of course would be appropriate, and will advise re. changing course enrolments if necessary.
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Georgian (PG) 15PNMC381 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 1 Unit Full Year
Courses focused on the Middle East in a cognate discipline:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Turkey:Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 1 Unit Full Year
Islamic Law (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC121 1 Unit Full Year
Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 1 Unit Full Year
Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 1 Unit Full Year
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 0.5 Unit Term 2
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 1 Unit Full Year
D. Dissertation- this would focus on an aspect of Middle East Politics:
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught by a combination of methods, principally lectures, tutorial classes, seminars and supervised individual study projects.

The MSc programme consists of three taught courses (corresponding to three examination papers) and a dissertation.

Lectures

Most courses involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

Seminars

At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work. Students make full-scale presentations for each unit that they take, and are expected to write papers that often require significant independent work.

Dissertation

A quarter of the work for the degree is given over to the writing of an adequately researched 10,000-word dissertation. Students are encouraged to take up topics which relate the study of a particular region to a body of theory.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library

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.

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 3 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
£10,995 £18,790 £5,498 £9,395 £3,665 £6,263
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 00:00

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 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

SOAS MSc Middle East Politics students leave SOAS not only with a knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural issues of international politics, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector.

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

A Student's Perspective

The MSc in Middle East Politics allowed me to take both Politics courses and a language option, all of which I enjoyed. The lecturers were fantastic! My favourite class was Politics of Resistance in the Middle East which was clearly helpful for understanding contemporary politics of the region.

Judith Nubold

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