MA Turkish Studies


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

This programme enables students to engage critically with different aspects of Turkish culture and society. The degree offers comprehensive training in the field of Turkish studies. Drawing on SOAS's wide resources in the field, the programme allows students to combine courses to build a syllabus of study according to their interests. It serves as excellent preparation for research.


As a postgraduate student specialising in Turkish Studies, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of the Middle East.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.


NB: In Area Studies degrees:

  • A maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one discipline.
  • A minimum of three disciplines must be covered.
  • For students opting to take two language acquisition modules, only one of these can be at an introductory level.


  • Dissertation in Turkish Studies

Taught Component

Core Module (Major)

Students must take 30 credits from the list below as their major. NB: If the chosen Major module is not from this list, students may not take a Minor module in the same subject as their Major.

Guided Options

Students must take 60 credits from the list of minors below.

Open Option

Students must take 30 credits from the lists below or the open options list.

List A1 (Major)

  • Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature
  • Classical Ottoman Texts (PG)
  • Turkey: Continuity and Change

List A2 (Minor)

  • Art and Architecture of the Seljuks and Ottomans (12th -15th centuries)

List A3 (Minor)

  • Elementary Written Turkish B (PG)
  • Intensive Turkish Language (PG)
  • Advanced Translation (Turkish)
  • Turkish 3 (PG)
  • Ottoman Turkish Language (PG)

List B (Minor)

  • Department of Anthropology and Sociology
    • Issues in Anthropology and Film
    • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East
    • African and Asian Cultures in Britain
    • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender
  • Department of Development Studies
    • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Centre for Gender Studies
    • Gender in the Middle East
  • Department of History
    • The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans I
    • The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II
    • Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners
    • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I
    • Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II
    • Elementary Written Turkish A (PG)
  • Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East
    • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature
  • School of Law
    • Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa
  • Department of Politics and International Studies
    • Comparative politics of the Middle East
    • International politics of the Middle East
    • Political society in the Middle East
    • Political violence
    • Politics of resistance in the Middle East
    • State and transformation in the Middle East
    • Islam and political ideologies
    • Violence, justice and the politics of memory
    • Islam and politics
    • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus
    • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus
    • The Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Department of the Study of Religions
    • Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts
    • Eastern and Orthodox Christianity

List C (Minor)
Students may only take 30 credits from this list. Students may not take a module from this list if they are taking a module from List A3.

  • Arabic 300 (PG)
  • Elementary Hebrew (PG)
  • Hebrew 2 (PG)
  • Hebrew 4 (PG)
  • Persian for Readers of Arabic Script (PG)
  • Elementary Persian Texts (PG)
  • Elementary Written Persian A (PG)
  • Elementary Written Persian B (PG)

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

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

Minimum upper second class honours degree in a social science or humanities subject or equivalent.

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.

Last updated Oct 2019

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