M.A. Arabic Literature

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP17215 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP7985 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| London, England, United Kingdom
This new taught-Masters Arabic Literature offers a deep insight into the Arab world through its literatures. It 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.

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Tuition fee
  • GBP17215 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP7985 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Students take three taught courses from the lists of options below, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic related to the student's major. The major must be an Arabic literature course chosen from either List A or List B below. Of the two other taught courses, one must be chosen from the list that does not include the major. The third can be taken from either list:

List A:
  • Theory and Techniques of Comparative Literature
  • Social and Political Dimensions in Modern Arabic Literature
List B:
  • Arabic/English/Arabic translation
  • A Modern Arabic Literary Genre: Themes and Techniques (not available 2010-11)
  • Arabic Poetry and Criticism
  • Arabic Popular Literature: Themes, Genres and Theory
  • Modern Palestinian Literature
  • Classical Arabic Prose Literature and Adab (NOT RUNNING 2010-11)
  • Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography

English Language Requirements

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Minimum Entry Requirements: 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

English language requirements

In order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.

Score for Unconditional Entry

  • IELTS: Overall 7+ with at least 7 in all sub scores
  • TOEFL: iBT105+ with at least 25 in all sub scores
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic: Score of 75 or above with at least 70 in all sub scores

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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