12 months
23400 GBP/year
11980 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS University of London provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary approaches.

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The main emphasis of the MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS University of London   is on the modern period through the modules in history, geography, politics, economics and anthropology. 

Some exposure is provided, however, to the pre-modern culture and society of the area through modules in religious studies, Islamic art and archaeology, and history. Modules based on Arabic are offered for those with an adequate knowledge of the language, while modules in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish are available for those who wish to acquire or develop skills in these languages.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East
  • Art and Architecture of the Seljuks and Ottomans (12th -15th centuries)
  • Arab Painting
  • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts
  • Islamic Visual Culture

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11980 GBP per year during 12 months.

PT 2 Years:

  • UK: £5,990
  • Overseas: £11,700

PT 3 Years:

  • UK: £3,995
  • Overseas: £7,725

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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  • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
  • Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award
  • SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship
  • The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary
  • Tibawi Trust Award

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