SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

MA Islamic Intellectual History and Intensive Language (2019 entry)

previously MA Islamic Societies and Cultures and Intensive Arabic

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 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

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • Subjects Preferred: Applicants are not required to have previous academic experience of this subject, although a strong interest in Islamic societies and cultures is of course expected.

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Overview

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.

Language

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.

Convenors

Structure

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)
Language Component

Students take 60 credits of their language selection in the first year.

Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Approaches in Islamic Intellectual History 15PSRH058 15 Term 1
Summer Abroad

Studets participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full-time)
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Islamic Intellectual History 15PNMC995 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
China and the Silk Road: Art and Archaeology 15PARH093 15 Term 2
The Silk Road and its Origins: Art and Archaeology 15PARH095 15 Term 1
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
The Islamic Manuscript Tradition 15PSRH059 15 Term 2
Islam in South Asia 15PHIH044 15 Term 1
Iran and the Persianiate world, 1400 to 1800 15PHIH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Iran and the Persianiate world, 1800 to 1979 15PHIH043 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II 15PHIH049 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
The Early Development of Islam: Emerging Identities and Contending View 15PHIH039 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
The Origin of Islam: Sources and Perspectives 15PHIH045 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Medieval Arabic Thought 15PNMC388 15 Term 2
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 30 Full Year
Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
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
Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 30 Full Year
Islam and politics 15PPOH006 15 Term 2
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities 15PSRC158 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
List C - Languages
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 A (PG) 15PAFH029 15 Term 1
Swahili 1 B (PG) 15PAFH030 15 Term 2
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH026 15 Term 1
Urdu Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH027 15 Term 2
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH018 15 Term 1
Indonesian Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH019 15 Term 2
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic A (PG) 15PNMH012 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic B (PG) 15PNMH013 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Arabic 200 (PG) 15PNMC407 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian A (PG) 15PNMH016 15 Term 1
Elementary Written Persian B (PG) 15PNMH017 15 Term 2
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 30 Full Year
Persian 3 (PG) 15PNMC408 30 Full Year
Classical Persian Poetry: Texts and Traditions (PG) 15PNMC401 30 Full Year
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 30 Full Year
Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Elementary Written Turkish A (PG) 15PNMH014 15 Term 1
Elementary Written Turkish B (PG) 15PNMH015 15 Term 2
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (Postgraduate) 15PNMC383 1 unit - 45 CATS (September 2011)
Turkish 3 (PG) 15PNMC427 30 Full Year
Ottoman Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC397 30 Full Year
Classical Ottoman Texts (PG) 15PNMC385 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Avestan I 15PSRC033 30 Full Year

 

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.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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.
  • Subject-specific skills are an amalgam of the skills described for each of the three options chosen by candidates from the cross-department/faculty choices available in the relevant course-descriptors.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students will learn to become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence and should also come to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
  • Students will learn to question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.
    Communicate effectively in writing.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Language-students will learn the chosen language at the appropriate level.
    Present seminar-papers.
  • Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars
  • Practise research-techniques in a variety of specialised research-libraries and institutes.
Transferrable skills
  • Writing good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • 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.

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 2019/20 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 Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965
Scholarships
Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00

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

Employment

Graduates in MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies have entered various professions after leaving the School. Some have been able to pursue careers directly related to their study area while others have made use of the general intellectual training provided by the advanced study of cultures for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems contemporary societies now face. Among a variety of professions, career paths may include academia, charity work, community, government, NGOs, media and publishing, UN agencies SOAS Careers Services The School has a careers service available to all SOAS students while they are at the school, free of charge. This office helps with job listings, interviews during "milk rounds", putting together CVs, and even organising postgraduate study.

A Student's Perspective

I feel that the thorough and systematic teaching provided by SOAS has given me not only a good knowledge of Sanskrit but also skills in critical thought, linguistic and socio-political analysis and communication that will give me something unique to offer to a graduate employer.

Andrew Werner

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