Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Intensive Languages, M.A. | SOAS University of London | London, United Kingdom
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Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Intensive Languages

24 months
25635 GBP/year
17340 GBP/year
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The MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Intensive Languages from SOAS University of London provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary approaches. 


The MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Intensive Languages from SOAS University of London's main emphasis of the programme 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. 

The Intensive language programme has many language modules for students to pick and choose from, inlcuding introduction, intermediate, advance Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. Students will also spend the summer taking an Advanced Study Abroad module, worth 45 credits, while also having a choice of studying two years full-time or four years part-time. 

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Arabic
  • Persian
  • Turkish 


A postgraduate degree in the Near and Middle Eastern studies from SOAS gives students 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, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law.   

Postgraduate students leave SOAS with the linguistic and cultural expertise needed to continue in the field of research along with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in business, public or charity sectors 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 in MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies have entered various professions after leaving SOAS. Some have been able to pursue careers directly related to their study area while others have made use of the general intellectual training provided by the advanced study of cultures for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems contemporary societies now face. Among a variety of professions, career paths may include academia, charity work, community, government, NGOs, media and publishing and UN agencies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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
  • Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


315 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or international equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. 
  • If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. 
  • Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25635 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25635 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    17340 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17340 GBP per year during 24 months.

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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