SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

At SOAS the study of Arabic can be combined with a range of disciplines and languages. Combined'honours degrees in Arabic are intended to give students a solid grounding in Modern Standard and classical Arabic, as well as conversational ability in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, in combination with a second subject. Intensive study of a wide range of Arabic language and literature is a compulsory feature of combined'honours degrees in Arabic. Students are usually required to spend the third year of study at a university in the Middle East or on an equivalent programme elsewhere.

Course Modules

Year 1: Arabic 1; introduction to Islam. Year 2: Arabic 2; introduction to early Islamic texts; the Muslim world (unity in diversity); options: Introduction to classical Arabic literature; introduction to modern Arabic literature; introduction to Sufism; introduction to Arabic dialects. Year 3: Year abroad in Amman, Alexandria or Nablus. Year 4: Arabic 4; Quran and hadith studies; Islamic texts; plus optional courses: Language and oral literature of an Arabic vernacular; Sufism (texts and history); independent study project in Arabic studies (using language sources); independent study project in Arabic studies; Quran and hadith studies; Islamic texts; reading classical Arabic historians; politics and aesthetics in modern Arabic literature; Arabic cinema (1). Optional modules: Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the modern Middle East; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the modern Middle East; introduction to the study of religions; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; elementary written Persian; elementary written Turkish; elementary Hebrew; elementary Western Armenian.

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
  • Interview
  • 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

23% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 64%

Total Coursework: 24%

Total Practical: 12%

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

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