MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

SOAS University of London

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Duration: One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Start of programme: September intake only.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

The MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary approaches. The main emphasis of the programme is on the modern period through the modules in history, geography, politics, economics and anthropology. Some exposure is provided, however, to the pre-modern culture and society of the area through modules in religious studies, Islamic art and archaeology, and history. Modules based on Arabic are offered for those with an adequate knowledge of the language, while modules in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish are available for those who wish to acquire or develop skills in these languages.

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students select 30 credits from the list of majors, 60 credits from the list of minors and a further 30 credits are from the list below or from the approved open options list.

One of the modules is designated as a major, in relation to which students complete a 10,000-word dissertation. Note that some modules can only be taken as a major and some, including language modules, only as a minor.

As the emphasis in the Regional Studies programmes is on interdisciplinary study, students are required to select their modules from a minimum of three different disciplines, and a maximum of 60 credits may be taken in any one discipline.

Some disciplines such as politics, economics or social anthropology require an appropriate qualification (such as all or part of a first degree) if any of their courses are to be taken as the major subject.

Students who intend to register for the MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies program, but choose 3 options also available in the MA Israeli Studies program will be required to apply for MA Israeli Studies.

  • Dissertation in Near and Middle Eastern Studies 15PNMC996 (60 credits) Full Year

Major

Students must select 15 or 30 credits from the list of available majors, depending on the value of the major on which they have been accepted.

Minor/Optional Modules

Depending on the credits' value for the major, students choose a further 90-105 credit from any list below or 60-75 from the list below and 30 credits from the open options list.

Anthropology and Sociology

Available as minors only

  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15credits) Term 2

Art and Archaeology

Available as majors or minors

  • Islamic Art & Architecture of Medieval Anatolia and the South Caucasus (11-13th centuries) 15PARH070 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arab Painting 15PARH054 (15credits) Term 1
  • Art and Architecture of the Fatimids 15PARH035 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts 15PARH034 (15credits) Term 2

Development Studies

  • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 (15credits) Term 2

Economics

Available as a major or minor

  • Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 (30credits) Full Year

Gender

Available as a minor only

  • Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 (15credits) Term 2

History

Available as majors or minors.

Please note that the 'Modernity and Transformation' courses can be taken together or individually, ONLY as majors.

  • Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 (30credits) Full Year
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 (15credits) Term 2
  • Encountering the Other: the Middle East during the Crusading Period 15PHIH037 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zionist Ideology 15PNMC035 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 (30credits) Full Year
  • Jerusalem: Life in a Contested Place 15PNMH008 (15credits) Term 1
  • Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Turkey: Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 (15credits) Term 1
  • Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 (15credits) Term 2

Language

You may only select modules to the value of 30 credits from the languages below.

  • Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 (30credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
  • Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 (30credits) Full Year
  • Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC393 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC394 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC395 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Translation (Turkish) 15PNMC044 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30credits) Full Year
  • Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG) 15PNMC422 (30credits) Full Year
  • Persian Language 2 (PG) 15PNMC033 (30credits) Full Year
  • Avestan I 15PSRC033 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Law

Available as majors or minors.

  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 (30credits) Full Year
  • Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 (30credits) Full Year
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 (30credits) Full Year

Literature

  • Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 (30credits) Full Year
  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 (30credits) Full Year
  • Arabic Popular Literature: Themes, Genres & Theory 15PNMC045 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Arabic Poetry and Criticism 15PNMC048 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 (30credits) Full Year
  • Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 (30credits) Full Year
  • Medieval Arabic Thought: the Philosophical and Theological Traditions 15PNMC388 (30credits) Full Year
  • Classical Persian Poetry (Masters) 15PNMC401 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Media

Available as minors only.

  • Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 (30credits) Full Year
  • Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 (30credits) Full Year
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15credits) Term 2

Music

Available as a major or minor.

Politics

The two 15 credit modules below together constitute the major option for Politics of the Middle East.

  • Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 (15credits) Term 1
  • State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 (15credits) Term 2

Available as a minor only.

  • Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 (30credits) Full Year
  • The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 (15credits) Term 2

Available as majors or minors.

  • Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 (30credits) Full Year
  • Turkey: Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 (30credits) Full Year
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15credits) Term 2
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 (15credits) Term 2

Study of Religions

Available as majors or minors.

  • Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 (30credits) Full Year
  • Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zionist Ideology 15PNMC035 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
This school offers programs in:
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019