SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This three'year programme aims to provide a good grounding in the standard spoken and written language of contemporary Iran and to provide an introduction to the main forms of classical and modern Persian literature. The course structure allows students to take one non'Persian unit a year, presenting them with an opportunity to choose from a wide variety of options dealing with the historical, cultural and religious background of Iran and the Middle East, or to learn another regional language, for example Arabic or Turkish.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: Persian language; literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to Islam; Classical Persian prose texts; Modern Persian poetry; Classical Persian poetry; Modern Persian prose literature; independent study project in Persian studies; introduction to Arabic culture; Old Persian; Middle Persian; Sogdian; Bactrian; Khotanese; elementary written Turkish; Arabic; elementary Western Armenian; elementary Hebrew; elementary Georgian; introduction to Sufis; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; the making of the Modern Middle East; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; cities of paradise and empire; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds; introduction to Islam; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; 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; Islamic law; government and politics of the Middle East; economic development of the Modern Middle East.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
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

20% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 60%

Total Coursework: 30%

Total Practical: 10%

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

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