MA Islamic Studies
SOAS University of London
1 - 3 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 11,980 / per year *
Earliest start date
* full-time fees: UK £11,980; Overseas £23,400. Part-time 2 years fees: UK £5,990/year; Overseas £11,700/year. Part-time 3 years fees: UK £3,955/year; Overseas £7,725/year
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
The MA offers the students the opportunity to concentrate on the Qur'an, the Hadith and other Islamic texts, and so provides unique training in the translation of Islamic religious material. The degree is designed to benefit academics, teachers of Islam in other institutions, translators of Islamic material into English in research centres, government departments and da'wa centres. It provides excellent research training and is a useful qualification for those who wish to progress to higher postgraduate degrees.
Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. From the taught modules, 60 credits are selected as a major from List A, a further 60 credits are selected as the minor from List A or List B or 30 credits from List A or List B and 30 credits of an approved open option.
- Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
Students take 30 credits from List A or an approved open option.
- Qur'an and Hadith Studies
- The Qur'an: Language, Style and Translation in English
- Islamic Legal Texts in Arabic
- Islamic Texts
- Early and Medieval Arabic Linguistic Thought: Scholarship and Literature
- Translation of Islamic Texts (a project)
- Early and Classical Qur'anic Exegesis: Literature and Thought
- Modern Trends in Islam
- Islamic Law (MA/LLM)
- Art and Architecture of the Fatimids
- Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts
- Medieval Arabic Thought
- Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
As a postgraduate student specialising in Islamic 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.
English Language Requirements
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