SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme covers an area stretching from Islamic Spain through the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia in diverse historical periods; it offers courses dealing with particular regions or categories of art such as Fatimid art and architecture, Arab, Persian, and Turkish painting, Mamluk architecture, and applied arts and architecture of Ottoman Egypt and Syria; various archaeological issues of the Islamic Middle East are also covered; the programme also engages with trans'regional topics that extend beyond the Middle East, such as the illumination of the Qur'an, and cultural and artistic relationships between the Islamic Middle East and Europe.

Course Modules

Core module: dissertation in history of art and archaeology.

Course Additional Entry

Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent). Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some courses it is an advantage for admission (see individual course descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as 1 of the 2 'minor' courses. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.

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