SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The main emphasis of the programme is on the modern period through the courses in history, geography, politics, economics and anthropology; some exposure is provided, however, to the pre'modern culture and society of the area through courses in religious studies, Islamic art and archaeology, and history. Courses based on Arabic are offered for those with an adequate knowledge of the language, while courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish are available for those who wish to acquire or develop skills in these languages.

Course Modules

Issues in the anthropology of gender; culture and society of the near and Middle East; Islamic art and architecture of medieval anatolia and the South Caucasus (11'13th centuries); Arab painting; art and architecture of the Fatimids; Islam and the west: artistic and cultural contacts; problems of development in the Middle East and North Africa; economic development of the Middle East.

Course Additional Entry

Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,215  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,985  Whole course. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,608  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,993  Academic year. First year home fees