SOAS University of London

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

MA Islamic Societies and Cultures

duration:
One calendar year (full-time), or 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 (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

Start of programme: September intake only

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.

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Structure

  1. Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).
  2. Students must take 30 credits from List A as their major.
  3. The remaining 90 credits must be selected from Lists A, B or C.
  4. Only one language module from List C may be selected.
  5. Students wishing to take other SOAS modules relevant to the programme may do so with the written approval of the module convenor, the programme Convenor and the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching.
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Islamic Societies and Cultures 15PNMC995 60 Full Year
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
The Origin of Islam: Sources and Perspectives 15PHIH045 15 Term 1
List B
The Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 15 Term 2
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
Medieval Arabic Thought: the Philosophical and Theological Traditions 15PNMC388 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 2017/2018
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
Islam in South Asia 15PHIH044 15 Term 1
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
List C (Languages)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 30 Full Year
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 30 Full Year
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 30 Full Year
Advanced Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC402 30 Full Year
Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 30 Full Year
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
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 2017/2018

 

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

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 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

H.E. Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

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

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 chose SOAS over any other university because of the languages available to be studied here. At the time I was in Sri Lanka learning Sinhala and I had to make a decision about where I wanted to go. SOAS was the only place in the UK where I could continue learning such an obscure language!

Anna Malzy

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