SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Single'honours BA Turkish is a four'year programme of study covering both classical and modern Turkish literature and language. At the completion of their studies students should have attained a high level of fluency in Modern Turkish, including familiarity with earlier forms of Turkish, and a solid command of Turkish literature, including broad knowledge of the historical and cultural background. A specialization in Ottoman language and literature is also available.

Course Modules

All years: Modules include: Intensive Turkish language; literatures of the Near and Middle East; intermediate Modern Turkish language; Ottoman Turkish language; 20th'century Turkish literature 1; nation and nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in translation); advanced translation; Ottoman Turkish language; Turkish literature of the Tanzimat and later 19th century; 20th'century Turkish literature; Classical Ottoman literature; the history and development of the Turkish language; independent study project (Turkish literature); extended essay in Turkish studies; introduction to Arabic culture; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to Armenian literature in translation; introduction to Armenian culture; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; religions of East and Central Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; states, people and power in Asia and Africa; comparative and international politics; the Muslim world: unity in diversity; Classical Persian prose texts; Classical Persian poetry; the making of the Modern Middle East; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; cities of paradise and empire; Eastern Christianity; Orthodox Christianity; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; the decorative arts of Islam; art and material culture of the Islamic world: 7th'14th centuries; mosaics, manuscripts and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; government and politics of the Middle East; Islamic law; politics and aesthetics in Modern Arabic literature; reading Classical Arabic historians; Arabic cinema; Modern Persian prose literature; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; Islam and democracy; economic development of the Modern Middle East.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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89% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 70%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 92%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 0
Unknown 15

19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 70%

Total Coursework: 19%

Total Practical: 12%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation