M.A. Arabic Literature

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR15134 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
SOAS, University of London | London, United Kingdom
This new taught-Masters degree 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.

Description of Arabic Literature

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This new taught-Masters degree 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June 30
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15134 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5641 Year (EEA)

EU: £4,965; Overseas: £13,230

Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

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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7
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)
105

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Arabic Literature

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

Work Experience for Arabic Literature

No work experience is required.

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