SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

At SOAS the study of Turkish can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. All combined'honours degrees in Turkish are four'year programmes that expose students to at least three years intensive study of Turkish language and literature. This programme also benefits from a wide range of activities (seminars and talks, weekly film screenings and the annual Turkish Film Festival) as well as the presence of a vibrant Turkish'speaking community in London.

Course Modules

Turkish 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. Arabic Modules include: Introduction to Arabic culture; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; introduction to modern Arabic literature; introduction to early Islamic texts; introduction to classical Arabic literature; introduction to Arabic dialects; politics and aesthetics in modern Arabic literature; reading classical Arabic historians; language and oral literature of an Arabic vernacular; Arabic cinema 1; Quran and Hadith studies; Islamic texts; independent study project in Arabic studies (using language sources); Sufism (texts and history); introduction to Arabic culture; elementary written Persian; elementary written Turkish; elementary Hebrew; elementary Western Armenian; introductory Akkadian; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the modern Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; art and material culture of the Islamic world (7th to 14th centuries); mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the modern Middle East.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

Key Course Information

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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

28% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 67%

Total Coursework: 14%

Total Practical: 18%

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

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