Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time
The MA Islamic Intellectual History and Intensive Langauge is a programme on historical Islamic studies, offering in-depth study of the intellectual, religious and cultural history of the Islamic world, past and present, and of wider socio-political contexts.
It has broad thematic coverage, including philosophy, theology, political thought, law, historiography and palaeography, as well as a regional coverage that includes the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia.
This programme suits students from different academic backgrounds and prospective personal objectives, from those interested in broadening their knowledge of Islam and the Muslim world and developing intellectual, transferable and language skills, to those planning to pursue further research in the field.
The two-year Intensive Language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with the Near and Middle East, Asia and Africa in a professional as well as academic way. Our intensive language programmes inlude Arabic, Persian, Turkish, South East Asian languages, Swahili, Japanese and Korean.
Students need not know a language other than English to apply for this programme. However, they will have the opportunity to take modules involving the study of primary texts in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish or Syriac should they have the required language proficiency. The programme may also be taken without the Intensive Language component.
Studying at SOAS
We offer access to unparalleled scholarly and cultural resources and activities relevant to the study of Islam and the Islamic world, both at the School and elsewhere in London. The SOAS Library and British Library have some of the best specialist collections in the world. Activities include conferences, lectures and seminars, exhibitions and reading groups. The annual international conferences of the British Association for Islamic Studies and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, which showcase current research, often take place in, or within easy reach of, London and offer postgraduate students excellent opportunities to connect with the wider field.
Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.
In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take:
- 60 credits in the selected language
- core module (15PSRH058 Approaches in Islamic Intellectual History)
- 15 credits' worth of modules from List A
- 30 credits' worth of modules from either List A or B
- Students will then spend the summer studying a Summer School abroad
In the second year, students will take:
- 30 credits in the selected language
- 30 credit's worth of modules from List A
- 30 credits' worth of modules from List, A, B, C or from the SOAS open options
- The dissertation (60 credits)
For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.
Year 1 (two years full-time)
Students take 60 credits of their language selection in the first year.
Studets participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.
Year 2 (two years full-time)
List of Modules (subject to availability)
List C - Languages
This is the structure for applicants for the year shown above
If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page, on Moodle or through your Department.
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 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year.
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Intensive Language only
Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00
Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00
Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section