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Arabic Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The Arabic Literature programme offered by SOAS University of London is an advanced programme designed for students with a good first degree in Arabic or with a good university degree who also know Arabic. 

The fundamental objective is to make Arabic culture and literature accessible to a wider body of postgraduate students and to provide them with training in the study of literature. Students develop an advanced understanding of Arabic literature and gain detailed knowledge of its past and present. 

The syllabus combines the literary approaches of comparative literature with in-depth study of Arabic literature. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with, among other things, literary theory, translation techniques, the sociology of literature, the social and political dimensions of modern Arabic literature, and different genres and themes of classical, medieval and modern Arabic literature.

Careers

A postgraduate degree in MA Arabic Literature from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. 

Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous aesthetics of the region and contemporary literary theories. Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. Graduates can use their skills in Arabic and literary study in a variety of occupations, particularly those in which deep knowledge of Arabic intellectual culture and a trained mind are an advantage.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature
  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices
  • Early and Medieval Arabic Linguistic Thought: Scholarship and Literature
  • A Modern Arabic Literary Genre: Themes and Techniques
  • Arabic Poetry and Criticism
  • Arabic Popular Literature: Themes, Genres & Theory
  • Modern Palestinian Literature 
  • Classical Arabic Prose Literature and Adab

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • Programme intensity

                        You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                        Full-time
                        • Full-time duration 12 months
                        Part-time
                        • Average part-time duration 24 months
                        • Intensity Flexible
                        • Duration description
                          Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).
                      • Credits
                        180 alternative credits
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus

                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • Minimum required score:

                        100

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                      • Minimum required score:

                        6.5

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                      Academic Requirements

                      You need the following GPA score:

                      Required score: Upper Second Class

                      Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                      Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                        • First or upper second-class honours degree or overseas equivalent in Arabic or another relevant subject with good knowledge of Arabic.
                        • Interview Policy: Interviews by arrangement.

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International

                          19930 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        • EU/EEA

                          9685 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 9685 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                        PT fees (2 years):

                        • UK/EU - 4,843 GBP per year.
                        • Overseas  - 9,965 GBP per year.

                        PT fees (3 years):

                        • UK/EU - 3,228 GBP per year.
                        • Overseas - 6,643 GBP per year.

                        Living costs for London

                        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                          Living Costs

                        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                        Funding

                        Scholarships

                        • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
                        • Felix Scholarships
                        • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
                        • Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award
                        • SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship
                        • SOAS Master's Scholarships
                        • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
                        • Tibawi Trust Award

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