Arabic Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #296 (QS) ,
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.

A postgraduate degree in MA Arabic Literature from SOAS provides students with 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, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. 

Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous aesthetics of the region and contemporary literary theories. Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face.  

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature
  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices
  • Early and Medieval Arabic Linguistic Thought: Scholarship and Literature
  • A Modern Arabic Literary Genre: Themes and Techniques
  • Arabic Poetry and Criticism
  • Arabic Popular Literature: Themes, Genres & Theory
  • Modern Palestinian Literature (PG)
  • Classical Arabic Prose Literature and Adab
  • Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography
  • Arabic Critical Theory and Thought
  • Culture, Society and Politics in Classical Arabic Literature

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • Programme intensity

                        You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                        • Full-time duration 12 months
                        • Average part-time duration 24 months
                        • Intensity Flexible
                        • Part-time variant
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus

                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • Minimum required score:


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                      Academic 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

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International Applies to you

                          18075 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 18075 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                        • EU/EEA Applies to you

                          8785 GBP/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 8785 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                        Living costs for London

                        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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