MA Islamic Intellectual History and Intensive Language (not running 2019/20) (2019 Entry)

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview


The MA Islamic Intellectual History and Intensive Langauge is a programme on historical Islamic studies, offering in-depth study of the intellectual, religious and cultural history of the Islamic world, past and present, and of wider socio-political contexts.

It has broad thematic coverage, including philosophy, theology, political thought, law, historiography and palaeography, as well as a regional coverage that includes the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia.

Please note that this degree will NOT be running in 2019/20.

This programme suits students from different academic backgrounds and prospective personal objectives, from those interested in broadening their knowledge of Islam and the Muslim world and developing intellectual, transferable and language skills, to those planning to pursue further research in the field.

The two-year Intensive Language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with the Near and Middle East, Asia and Africa in a professional as well as academic way. Our intensive language programmes inlude Arabic, Persian, Turkish, South East Asian languages, Swahili, Japanese and Korean.

Language Students need not know a language other than English to apply for this programme. However, they will have the opportunity to take modules involving the study of primary texts in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish or Syriac should they have the required language proficiency. The programme may also be taken without the Intensive Language component.

Studying at SOAS We offer access to unparalleled scholarly and cultural resources and activities relevant to the study of Islam and the Islamic world, both at the School and elsewhere in London. The SOAS Library and British Library have some of the best specialist collections in the world. Activities include conferences, lectures and seminars, exhibitions and reading groups. The annual international conferences of the British Association for Islamic Studies and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, which showcase current research, often take place in, or within easy reach of, London and offer postgraduate students excellent opportunities to connect with the wider field.

  • Overview duration: One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)
  • Fees 2019/20 UK/EU fees:

Who should take this course

Interested Students.

Course content


Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take:

  • 60 credits in the selected language
  • core module (15PSRH058 Approaches in Islamic Intellectual History)
  • 15 credits' worth of modules from List A
  • 30 credits' worth of modules from either List A or B
  • Students will then spend the summer studying a Summer School abroad

In the second year, students will take:

  • 30 credits in the selected language
  • 30 credit's worth of modules from List A
  • 30 credits' worth of modules from List, A, B, C or from the SOAS open options
  • The dissertation (60 credits)

About Course Provider

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to develop ideas for a fairer and more sustainable world. We welcome the brightest minds from over 130 different countries, creating a community that is diverse, vibrant and multinational. From day one at our central London campus, our students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and think globally – and that’s one of the reasons why they develop careers that make a real difference. A SOAS student is typically passionate about their subject, opts to learn a second language, loves to learn, to travel, to be surprised; and is interested and engaged with the world around them.