MA History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East and Intensive Arabic
Duration: Two years (full-time), four years (part-time)
Minimum Entry Requirements: The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects.
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of the Islamic Middle East, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students working in other related fields, such as Music, Film and Media in the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. They can also select from courses in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of the Middle East.
A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Our Master's programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
Students must complete 255 credits of taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).
- Students take two intermediate language translation modules to the value of 60 credits (30 credits each)
- Students take 60 credits of Islamic Middle East modules offered as part of the MA in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East
- During the summer, students take an advanced Arabic study abroad module (45 credits)
- Upon their return, students take 30 credits of intensive language module/s in their second year
- Students take 15 credits of Art and Archaeology modules (not limited to Islamic Middle East)
- In addition, up to 45 credits may be selected from the other MA modules in the department or from MA options offered by other SOAS departments
- The dissertation (60 credits) is written on History of Art and Archaeology of Islamic Middle East and submitted in September of year 2
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