Near and Middle East Section & School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Certificate in Persian

Key information

One year (full-time), two years (part-time)
Start of programme
Attendance mode
Full-time or part-time
Russell Square, College Buildings

Home student fees: £9,250
Overseas student fees: £21,990

Please note that fees go up each year. 
See undergraduate fees for further details.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is the ability to demonstrate the potential to study at undergraduate level. However, programmes may have their own specific requirements, such as, in the case of language-based studies, a proven ability to learn a language.

See English language requirements

Course overview

The Certificate in Persian is an introductory qualification in Persian language.

Students acquire a solid initial knowledge of the written and spoken language of modern Iran and study the historical and cultural background of the Middle East. When taken full-time (in one year) it corresponds to the first year of a BA programme in Persian.

No prior knowledge of Persian is required.


Part-time students

The part-time syllabus allows a fuller engagement with Persian language. Year 1 is devoted the intensive introductory course in Persian Language I (2 units). Students normally follow this with Persian Language II and either Classical Persian Prose Texts or Persian Poetry 1.

Alternatively, students can take a more gradual path to acquisition of language by enrolling on Elementary written Persian in the first year, followed by Elementary Persian texts in the subsequent year. On this path, two other course-units are chosen from the available options to complete the syllabus.

Important notice

The information on the website reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. The modules are indicative options of the content students can expect and are/have been previously taught as part of these programmes. However, this information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. 

One year full-time

Two years part-time

Two units are taken each year.

  • The first year Persian Language 1 is taken.
  • The second year Persian Language 2 is taken and students choose either Classical Persian Prose Texts or Persian Poetry 1.

Alternative 2 years part-time

A more gradual path to acquisition of language. Year 1 Elementary written Persian is taken aswell as another approved option. In year 2 Elementary Persian texts is taken aswell as another approved option.

Teaching and learning

  • Courses are taught during the day.
  • Teaching begins in September.
  • Examinations are in May-June.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2023/24 entrants per academic year

Full-timePart-time 2 yearsPart-time 3 years
Home studentsOverseas studentsHome studentsOverseas studentsHome studentsOverseas students

Fees go up each year, therefore your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of tuition fees, please see undergraduate fees and postgraduate fees.