MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies (2019 Entry)

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview


The MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary approaches. The main emphasis of the programme is on the modern period through the modules in history, geography, politics, economics and anthropology. Some exposure is provided, however, to the pre-modern culture and society of the area through modules in religious studies, Islamic art and archaeology, and history. Modules based on Arabic are offered for those with an adequate knowledge of the language, while modules in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish are available for those who wish to acquire or develop skills in these languages.

If you are interested in taking the MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies with an intensive language please visit:

  • MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Intensive Language
  • MA ... and Intensive Language (Arabic)

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


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.

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules.

As part of the application process, all students have to select and be admitted into a so-called 'Major' module, in relation to which they complete a 10,000-word dissertation. Please note that Major modules will have their own academic pre-requisites and acceptance will require approval. All students accepted into the programme will be asked to indicate their Major preferences from the List of modules available as Majors for the programme in good time so that they can be admitted into a Major before enrolment in September.

Normally, the convenor of the Major module will be the supervisor of the dissertation, unless the department offering the Major module has separate arrangements about the assigning of dissertation supervisors. Please note that most Major modules are 30 credits, but there are some which are 15 credits. Please also note that some modules can only be taken as a major and some, including language modules, only as a minor.

Of the taught modules, besides the Major course into which they have been accepted (30 or 15 credits), students select 60 or 75 credits from the list of minors (including 30 credits of language courses) and the final 30 credits may be chosen either from a)the list of minor modules (including another language module), or b)any approved open options modules available from other departments and schools at SOAS.

As the emphasis in the Regional Studies programmes is on interdisciplinary study, students are required to select their modules from a minimum of three different disciplines, and a maximum of 60 credits may be taken in any one discipline.

Some disciplines such as politics, economics or social anthropology require an appropriate qualification (such as all or part of a first degree) if any of their courses are to be taken as the major subject.

Students who intend to register for the MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies program, but choose 3 options also available in the MA Israeli Studies program will be required to apply for MA Israeli Studies.

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