MA ... and Intensive Language (Arabic)

Duration: Full time: 2 years. Part-time: 4 years.

Minimum Entry Requirements: SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree and these can be viewed at Students wishing to take certain options as their Major will normally be expected to have their 1st degree in that discipline. This applies to those wishing to have their Major in Social Anthropology, Economics, Politics (of the Middle East), and Law.

The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with the Arab Middle East in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.

In the two-year pathway, students can take intensive Arabic language with either MA Islamic Societies and Cultures, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, or MA Palestine Studies, therefore making these programmes unique in Europe. The student will be provided with a near proficient ability in the Arabic language.


May be combined with

  • MA Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • MA Palestine Studies
  • MA History
  • MA History of Art and Archaeology
  • MA Religions of Asia and Africa
  • MA Medical Anthropology
  • MA Anthropological Research Methods
  • MA Migration and Diaspora Studies

Once you have checked the structure of this programme via the structure tab, please click on the above discipline that you would like to study. You will then see the full list of optional courses available to you.


In the two-year language pathway, students take 60 credits of Arabic and 60 credits in their discipline subject in their first year. During the summer, they will participate in a summer school in Jordan (45 credits). Upon their return, they will take 30 credits of Arabic in their second year and 60 credits in the discipline subject. They would also be expected to choose a Major in which to write the dissertation (60 credits). In the intensive-language pathway, the same rules apply as for the usual MA.

For the part-time four year pathway, please refer to the programme specification (attached below) of your preferred discipline.

The intensive language modules will be assessed by a combination of exams and continuous assessment, involving in-class tests. The assessment in the summer school is handed over to the partner university but will be counted as one unit.

Two-year syllabus

The syllabus below is for students who enter this programme without any previous knowledge of Arabic language

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Arabic 1 (PG) 15PNMC413 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Intermediate Summer Arabic 15PNMC414 (45credits) Full Year

Discipline Modules

Students take 60 credits in their discipline.

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC420 (30 credits) Full Year

Compulsory Dissertation

Students will complete a Dissertation module worth 60 credits in the discipline subject.

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Last updated January 22, 2019
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9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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