Islamic Studies, M.A. | SOAS University of London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
24350 GBP/year
12220 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Islamic Studies programme from SOAS University of London offers students the opportunity to concentrate on the Qur'an, the Hadith and other Islamic texts, and so provides a unique training in the translation of Islamic religious material. 

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The Islamic Studies programme from SOAS University of London is designed to benefit academics, teachers of Islam in other institutions, translators of Islamic material into English in research centres, government departments and da'wa centres. It provides excellent research training and is a useful qualification for those who wish to progress to higher postgraduate degrees.

Why study Islam at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 1st in London and 6th in the UK for Middle Eastern and African Studies (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • we are world-renowned for our language courses and we specialise in the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • study a wider range of religious and philosophical traditions in more depth than any other programme in the field, with our highly diversified expertise, our comprehensive resources, and our interdisciplinary approach


Graduates of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with skills in written and oral communication, analysis and problem solving.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Africa Matters
  • Amnesty International
  • Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • BBC World Service
  • British High Commission
  • Council for British Research in the Levant
  • Department for International Development
  • Edelman
  • Embassy of Jordan
  • Ernst & Young
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Google
  • Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qur'an and Hadith Studies
  • The Qur'an: Language, Style and Translation in English 
  • Islamic Texts: Language and the Synthesis of Classical Scholarship P
  • Translation of Islamic Texts (a project)
  • Islamic Family Law 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

We will consider all applications with an undergraduate degree at high 2:2 or above. In addition to degree classification, we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. While references are optional, they can help build a stronger application profile if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24350 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    12220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

PT fees (2 years):

  • UK - £6,110/year.
  • Overseas  - £12,175/year.

PT fees (3 years):

  • UK - £4,075/year.
  • Overseas - £8,115/year.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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