Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


In this two-year pathway (FT), students can combine intensive Arabic language with several disciplines (see 'Combinations' Tab), including MA Islamic Societies and Cultures, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies, or MA Palestine Studies, making these programmes unique in Europe.

Access to the Intensive Arabic language pathway is currently available for students with:

  1. beginner,
  2. intermediate,
  3. advanced level of proficiency.

Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).

Students taking MA NME Studies as their discipline cannot choose additional Arabic language modules from the Languages list, though they are encouraged to take another Middle Eastern language like Persian, Turkish or Hebrew.

Students bear the costs of travel to and from Jordan, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

May be combined with:

The following disciplines are available with the Intensive Arabic pathway:

Anthropology and Sociology

  • MA Anthropological Research Methods
  • MA Anthropology of Food
  • MA Anthropology of Media
  • MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism
  • MA Medical Anthropology
  • MA Migration and Diaspora Studies
  • MA Social Anthropology
  • MA Social Anthropology of Development

History

  • MA Historical Research Methods
  • MA History

History of Art

  • MA History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East

Linguistics

  • MA Linguistics
  • Near and Middle East
  • MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • MA Palestine Studies

Religions and Philosophies

  • MA Religions of Asia and Africa
  • MA Islamic Societies and Cultures

Who is this programme for?

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 pathways will enable them to develop a serious competency in Arabic, and achieve an advanced professional level depending on their starting knowledge of the language.

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 in Jordan) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline 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.

Two Years Beginner

Year 1 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Arabic 1 (PG)

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Intermediate Summer Arabic

Year 2 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Arabic 400 (PG)

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Intermediate

Year 1 (two years full time)

Language Component

Note: Students are assigned to either Arabic 300 (PG) or Arabic 400 (PG) according to their results in the placement test. In Year 2, those students who took Arabic 300 (PG) in Year 1 take Arabic 500 (PG), while those students who took Arabic 400 (PG) take Arabic 600 (PG). The same applies, mutatis mutandi, to the part-time programme.

  • Arabic 300 (PG)

Or

  • Arabic 400 (PG)

And

  • Introduction to Arabic Dialects (PG)

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Advanced Summer Arabic (PG)

Year 2 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Arabic 500 (PG)

Or

  • Arabic 600 (PG)

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Advanced

Year 1 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Arabic 500 (PG)

Higher Intermediate Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG) 15PNMC419 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020

Discipline Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Higher Advanced Summer Arabic (PG)

Year 2 (two years full time)

Language Component

  • Advanced Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG)

Students take 60 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree. 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.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 28, 2020
Duration
2 - 4 years
Part-time
Full-time
Price
9,685 GBP
full-time fees per academic year: UK/EU £9,685; Overseas £19,930
Deadline
June 30, 2020
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Start Date
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End Date
June 17, 2022
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