SOAS University of London

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

MA Islamic Societies and Cultures and Intensive Arabic (2018 entry)

renamed MA Islamic Intellectual History and Intensive Language for 2019/20

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

This MA programme studies many aspects of the world of Islam, from its early development to its modern trends. Its primary objective is to approach the study of Islam through a variety of disciplines, cultural contexts and periods. The programme examines Islamic tradition, law and art, as well as the place of Islam in modern politics and alongside other religions. The degree may be considered as a preparation for research or as a way of completing a liberal education.

Each module has its own series of classes and seminars, and in addition students attend general lectures and seminars organised by the Middle East Centre. In most modules there is one two-hour class each week. This may be an informal lecture followed by a discussion or a student presentation. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take. The dissertation is on an approved topic linked to one of the taught modules.

The Intensive language programme has many language modules for students to pick and choose from, inlcuding Arabic, Urdu, and Indonesian. Students will also spend the summer taking an Advanced Arabic Study Abroad module, worth 45 credits, while also having a choice of studying two years full-time or four years part-time.

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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 of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

The Arabic component is available at beginner, intermediate and advanced level.

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.

Two Years Beginner
Year 1 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

Major module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Minor module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 1 (PG) 15PNMC413 60 Full Year
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Intermediate Summer Arabic 15PNMC414 45 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

Minor module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Or

Module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Islamic Societies and Cultures 15PNMC995 60 Full Year
Two Years Intermediate
Year 1 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

Major module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Minor module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Intermediate Arabic/English Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC418 30 Full Year
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Advanced Summer Arabic (PG) 15PNMC416 45 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

Minor module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Or

Module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Islamic Societies and Cultures 15PNMC995 60 Full Year
Two Years Advanced
Year 1 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

Major module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Minor module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC402 30 Full Year
Higher Intermediate Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC419 30 Full Year
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intensive Higher Advanced Summer Arabic (PG) 15PNMC417 30 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

Minor module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Or

Module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC420 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Islamic Societies and Cultures 15PNMC995 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
List A (Major Options)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
The Early Development of Islam: Emerging Identities and Contending View 15PHIH039 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The Origin of Islam: Sources and Perspectives 15PHIH045 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Medieval Arabic Thought 15PNMC388 30 Full Year
List B
The Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Early and Medieval Arabic Linguistic Thought: Scholarship and Literature 15PNMC410 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 30 Full Year
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 30 Full Year
Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 15 Term 1
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Imagining Pakistan (PG) 15PSAH013 15 Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Europe
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 15 Term 2
Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities 15PSRC158 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Languages - 30 credits maximum
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 Not Running 2018/2019
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information 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

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.

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