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Masters degrees in Middle Eastern Languages & Literature equip postgraduates with the skills to critically analyse and understand the history, development and usage of Middle Eastern languages, as well as their representation and interpretation in Middle Eastern literature.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Middle Eastern Studies and Ancient Near Eastern Languages. Entry requirements normally include a relevant undergraduate degree such as Cultural Studies or Languages and Literature.
The Middle East is a huge cultural and economic centre which comprises 17 countries and 60 languages. As a result, the literary and lingual traditions across this geographical area are diverse and broad-ranging. You may wish to specialise your studies in one area of the field.
For example, you might wish to focus your studies predominantly on Arabic varieties of language and literature. With this, you could undertake modules which help you to acquire a language fluently, or even provide you with methods for translation.
Careers include roles within strategy and policy departments of businesses or even government bodies, as well as public services such as immigration, and even charity work or heritage management.
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The interdisciplinary Master of Arts program in Middle Eastern Studies is designed for students considering an academic career who have not had the appropriate academic background for direct entrance into a doctoral program, and the program is also suitable for those who wish to use their knowledge of the Middle East in careers outside of academia. Read more
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The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with the Arab Middle East in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive pathways will enable them to develop a serious competency in Arabic, and achieve an advanced professional level depending on their starting knowledge of the language. Read more
Interpret and analyse complex textual and cultural artefacts using a range of skills desired by employers. Work with leading scholars to explore the works of literature, art and thought that have shaped our global culture. Read more
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This certificate is essentially equivalent to the first year of the School’s four-year BA degree in Arabic. Students acquire a solid initial knowledge of the written language and some with the spoken, and familiarise themselves with aspects of Middle Eastern history and culture. Read more
This certificate is complementary to the full-time Certificate in Arabic. It is designed for those unable to follow a full-time programme and those interested in a different balance of language and non-language based courses. Read more
SOAS has been the leading institution for the study of the Middle East for decades, and the Department of Politics is world-renowned for its scholars’ combination of regional and disciplinary expertise. Read more
The Modern Middle Eastern Studies pathway is designed for highly motivated students who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Modern Middle East, together with the research skills necessary to carry out independent primary research work in the Humanities or Social Sciences to a high academic standard. Read more