BA Middle Eastern Studies (dual degree options)

General

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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


The BA Middle Eastern Studies and … is a three-year programme that offers students the opportunity to study the history and culture of the Middle East alongside acquiring competence for one or more Middle Eastern languages. The two-subject degree allows students to combine the study of the region of the Middle East with a specific discipline. All disciplines at SOAS are taught with a regional focus on Asia and Africa, and students will be able to choose modules in their second subject that supplement their 2 interest in the Middle East as a region.

This programme is also available as a four-year pathway which includes a year abroad in a location specific to your chosen language. You can find the programme structure at the bottom of the page. Please contact the department for more information.

May be combined with:

  • Development Studies, TL6X BA/MESDVS
  • Economics, TL61 TL61 BA/MESEC
  • History of Art/Archaeology, TV6H BA/MESHAA
  • Linguistics, TQ61 BA/MESLG
  • Music, TW6H BA/MESMS
  • Social Anthropology, TL66 BA/MESSA
  • Study of Religions, TV6P BA/MESSR
  • World Philosophies

Employment

As a student specialising in the languages and cultures of the Middle East, 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.

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 Middle East, or to make a comparative study with other areas. Middle Eastern Studies 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.

Students graduating with this degree have opportunities to work in education, the Middle Eastern media, the BBC, in the press, the Civil Service and non-governmental organisations, and wherever knowledge of Middle Eastern language and culture is a key skill.

Structure

The BA Middle Eastern Studies and another subject three-year degree allows for the study of the Middle East in a broad context, with the possibility of focusing on culture, history or literature. In the two-subject degree, students take each year t60 credits in Middle Eastern Studies and 60 credits in their other subject. Students take one module in a Middle Eastern language in each year of their studies, either one language at progressive levels or more than one language at basic level.

In year 1, students take an overview module on Middle Eastern history and literature or an introductory module on Arabic or Israeli culture.

In year 2, the language study is supplemented by a module on the modern literature of the Middle East or a module on the Muslim world.

In year 3, students take the compulsory language module and write a 10,000-word undergraduate dissertation (Independent Study Project) on an approved Middle Eastern topic of their choice.

For the students taking the four-year version (year abroad) version of this programme:

Over the course of this four-year programme, students must complete 480 credits. 120 of those will be taken in the Year Abroad. The remaining 360 credits taken at SOAS can be split evenly between both subjects (180/180), or be varied between the two subjects if the programme structure gives scope for this. Overall, students must have at least 240 credits in one subject (with a maximum of 330 credits being possible) and 150 credits in the other subject (with a maximum of 240 credits being possible) in order to be awarded a two-subject degree. The subject in which the higher amount of credits has been passed will be named first on the final degree awarded.

Year 1

Core Module

  • Literatures of the Near and Middle East

and

Compulsory Module

Choose from the List of Language Modules below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

Choose modules from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

Year 2

Compulsory Module

  • Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in Translation)

And either

Choose from the List of Language Modules below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose from the List of Optional Modules below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

Choose a module from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

Year 3 (4 in case of taking the 4-year option)

Core Module

  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1
  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2

or

  • Independent Study Project in Middle Eastern Studies

and

Choose from the List of Language Modules below to the value of 30 credits.

or

  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 1
  • Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa 2

or

  • Independent Study Project in Middle Eastern Studies

and

Second Subject

Choose a module from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

Language Module Options

  • Arabic 100 A
  • Arabic 100 B
  • Arabic 200
  • Arabic 300
  • Hebrew 1 A
  • Hebrew 1 B
  • Hebrew 2
  • Hebrew 3
  • Hebrew 4
  • Elementary Written Persian A
  • Elementary Written Persian B
  • Intermediate Persian Language
  • Persian 3
  • Persian Language 4
  • Elementary Written Turkish A
  • Elementary Written Turkish B
  • Turkish 2
  • Turkish 3
  • Advanced Turkish/English/Turkish Translation

List of Optional Modules

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that it is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

  • H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East
  • R150 Introduction to Judaism
  • R130 Islam: Religion and Rationality
  • Persian Poetry in Translation
  • Middle Persian
  • Ottoman Turkish Language
  • History of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
  • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East
  • Islamic Law
  • Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity
  • H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • Developments in Muslim Religious Thought
  • Messianic Movements in Muslim History
  • R490 Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds
  • Government and politics of the Middle East
  • R480 Christianity in the Middle East: Historic and Modern Dynamics
  • Syriac Texts on Christians and Muslims
  • Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity
  • Hebrew Literature from the Arab World

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

  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB A-Level language preferred
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with "non-standard" qualifications may be invited for interview.

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • 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 5 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 October 2019

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