SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The course enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider West Asian area and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural make up of Iran. The flexible study programme and interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students knowledge about the religious and politico'cultural influences affecting contemporary Iran and the region it is embedded in. Students will develop a critical understanding of the literature and/or of Iran and the diaspora and gain an understanding of Iran in the context of the Middle East with respect to gender, politics, Islam, music, and migration (minor course options). Persian language and literature will also be studied.

Course Modules

Core modules: Iran (history, culture, politics); dissertation. Iran'specific optional modules: Persian language 1; Persian language 2; Persian language; elementary written Persian; elementary Persian texts; Persian for readers of Arabic script; Zoroastrianism (historical and contemporary perspectives); text and context in Zoroastrianism; Iranian media and film; directed readings in Persian studies; classical Persian poetry; Avestan I; Pahlavi language. Middle East'related optional modules: Economic development of the Middle East; modern trends in Islam; gender in the Middle East; international politics of the Middle East; Islam and political ideologies; culture and society of the Near and Middle East; Central Asian music; problems of development in the Middle East and North Africa.

Course Additional Entry

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

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 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