Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) Subjects Preferred: Applicants are not required to have previous academic experience of this subject, although a strong interest in Islamic societies and cultures is of course expected.
Months of entry
This MA programme studies many aspects of the world of Islam, from its early development to its modern trends. Its primary objective is to approach the study of Islam through a variety of disciplines, cultural contexts and periods. The programme examines Islamic tradition, law and art, as well as the place of Islam in modern politics and alongside other religions. The degree may be considered as a preparation for research or as a way of completing a liberal education.
Each module has its own series of classes and seminars, and in addition students attend general lectures and seminars organised by the Middle East Centre. In most modules there is one two-hour class each week. This may be an informal lecture followed by a discussion or a student presentation. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take. The dissertation is on an approved topic linked to one of the taught modules.
The Intensive language programme has many language modules for students to pick and choose from, inlcuding Arabic, Urdu, and Indonesian. Students will also spend the summer taking an Advanced Arabic Study Abroad module, worth 45 credits, while also having a choice of studying two years full-time or four years part-time.
Information for international students
For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website
Fees and funding
For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiries
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