BA Arabic and... (a discipline)


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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

At SOAS the study of Arabic can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. Combined-honours degrees in Arabic are intended to give students a solid grounding in Modern Standard and Classical Arabic, as well as conversational ability in Colloquial Arabic, in combination with a second subject. Intensive study of a wide range of Arabic language and literature is a compulsory feature of combined-honours degrees in Arabic. Students are required to spend the third year of study at a university in the Middle East.

Arabic and a discipline: Arabic can be combined with Development Studies, Economics, English, History, History of Art/Archaeology, International Relations, Islamic Studies (for details see BA Arabic and Islamic Studies), Law, Linguistics, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology and Study of Religions.

May be combined with:

  • Development Studies, LT96 BA/DVSAF
  • Economics, LT16 BA/ECA
  • English, Q3T6
  • History, TV61 BA/HA
  • History of Art/Archaeology, TV63 BA/AHAA
  • International Relations, LT2P BA/IRA
  • Law, MT16 BA/LWA
  • Linguistics, QT16 BA/ALG
  • Music, TW63 BA/MSA
  • Politics, LT26 BA/POLA
  • Social Anthropology, LT66 BA/SAA
  • Study of Religions, TV66 BA/SRA


As a graduate who specialised in Arabic, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

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, both in business and in 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. Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the region, or to make a comparative study with other areas. The study of Arabic may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page.

The Middle East occupies a place of major importance in global politics and economics, so graduates of Arabic enjoy a considerable range of career opportunities. SOAS alumni with degrees in Arabic have found jobs in business, finance, diplomacy as well as humanitarian aid, higher education and the media. There is also an increasing need for graduates of Arabic in Arab companies with subsidiaries in the East and the West.


Students take modules to the value of 120 credits per year. There is some element of choice to develop special interests.

Year 1

Core Module

Must be passed with an overall mark of 50 to proceed to the following year of study.

  • Arabic 1 Foundation

Second Subject

You should choose 60 credits in your second subject.

Year 2

Core Module

Must be passed with an overall mark of 50 to proceed to the following year of study.

  • Arabic 300

Compulsory Module

  • Introduction to Arabic Dialects

Second Subject

You should choose 60 credits in your second subject.

Year 3

Students have the choice to spend the Arabic Language Year Abroad at one of the following institutions:

  1. The Alexandria School of Languages (ACL) in Alexandria, Egypt
  2. The Alif Institute in Fez, Morocco
  3. The Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

Choose a module(s) from the List Below to the value of 60 credits.


Second Subject

Choose a module(s) from the second subject to the value of 60 credits

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Arabic 600
  • Arabic 500
  • Arabic Women's' Writing
  • Politics and Aesthetics in Modern Arabic Literature
  • Culture Society and Politics in Classical Arabic Literature
  • Reading Classical Arabic historians
  • Language and Oral Literature of an Arabic Vernacular
  • Quran and Hadith Studies
  • Islamic Texts
  • Independent Study Project in Arabic Studies (using Language sources)

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

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge of Arabic is required.

  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred.
  • A-Levels: AAB - ABB
    IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for an interview.

Alternative entry requirements

  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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.

Last updated Oct 2019

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