Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


The MA Palestine Studies is a simultaneously disciplinary and interdisciplinary programme that provides students with an overview of the ways in which varying bodies of scholarship across and intra various disciplines engage and study Palestine and examines how the study of Palestine cuts across and informs scholarly, theoretical, political and disciplinary approaches. It develops an understanding of the complexities of modern and contemporary Palestine through a study of relevant material, and of the dynamics of colonisation, displacement, insecurity and security. It attends to the place of culture in representing conflict and identity politics and as a means of mediation and resistance.

The flexible study programme and the interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students’ knowledge of issues relating to the questions of conflict and political economy, development, cultural politics, social and economic relations, identity, and other major concerns of humanities and social sciences. Students will develop an understanding of Palestinian history, political structure, development, culture and society. And they will become familiar with different disciplinary approaches, models, and scholarship frameworks in the study of Palestine, and the ability to write critically on topics relevant to the study of Palestine.

The Intensive language programme has many language modules for students to pick and choose from, including introduction, intermediate, advanced Arabic and Hebrew. Students will also spend the summer taking an Advanced Study Abroad module, worth 45 credits, while also having a choice of studying two years full-time or four years part-time.

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) and a 60-credit dissertation 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.

The Arabic component is available at beginner, intermediate and advanced level.

Two Years Beginner

Year 1 (two years full time)

Discipline Component

  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society

Plus

A module from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

  • Arabic 1 (PG)

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Intermediate Summer Arabic

Discipline Component

A module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from List A or List B below or Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

  • Arabic 400 (PG)

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Palestine Studies

Two Years Intermediate

Year 1 (two years full time)

Discipline Component

  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society

Plus

A module from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

  • Arabic 400 (PG)
  • Intermediate Arabic/English Translation Project (PG)

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Advanced Summer Arabic (PG)

Discipline Component

A module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from List A or List B below or Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

  • Arabic 600 (PG)

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Palestine Studies

Two Years Advanced

Year 1 (two years full time)

Discipline Component

  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society

Plus

A module from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

  • Arabic 500 (PG)
  • Higher Intermediate Arabic/English/Arabic Translation Project (PG)

Summer Abroad

  • Intensive Higher Advanced Summer Arabic (PG)

Discipline Component

A module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from List A or List B below or Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

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

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Palestine Studies
  • Modern Palestinian Literature (PG)
  • Israel and the Palestinians
  • Hebrew Literature from the Arab World (PG)

Language

  • Elementary Hebrew (PG)
  • Hebrew 2 (PG)
  • Hebrew 4 (PG)
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East
  • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Gender in the Middle East
  • Gendering Migration & Diasporas
  • The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II
  • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I
  • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II
  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM)
  • Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law
  • Political society in the Middle East
  • State and transformation in the Middle East
  • Comparative politics of the Middle East
  • The Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Modern Trends in Islam
  • Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature
  • Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches
  • Film and Society in the Middle East
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications

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

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one-year diploma before entering the master's programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

English Language Entry Requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

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 3, 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. Part-time 2 years fees per academic year: UK/EU £4,843; Overseas £9,965. Part-time 3 years fees per academic year: UK/EU £3,228; Overseas £6,643
Deadline
June 30, 2020
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End Date
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