Turkish Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)


This Turkish Studies MA enables students to engage critically with different aspects of Turkish culture and society. The degree offers comprehensive training in the field of Turkish studies. Drawing on SOAS's wide resources in the field, the programme allows students to combine courses to build a syllabus of study according to their interests. It serves as excellent preparation for research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Social and Political Trends in 19th Century Turkish Literature 
  • Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 
  • Classical Ottoman Literature 
  • Turkey:Continuity and Change 
  • The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans
  • New Cinemas of Turkey 
  • Ottoman Architecture in Istanbul: 15th-19th Century
  • Ottoman Art
  • Elementary Written Turkish 
  • Intensive Turkish Language 
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language 
  • Advanced Translation
  • Ottoman Turkish Language 
  • Culture and Society of the Near & Middle East 
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 
  • Comparative Study of Islam: Anthropological Perspectives A 
  • Comparative politics of the Middle East
  • Political society in the Middle East 
  • Political violence 
  • Politics of resistance in the Middle East
  • State and transformation in the Middle East
  • Islam and political ideologies 
  • Violence, justice and the politics of memory 
  • Islam and politics 

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 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      two or three years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Minimum upper second class honours degree in a social science or humanities subject or equivalent.

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

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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part-time 2 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £4,393
  • Overseas fees: £9,038

Part-time 3 Years:

  • UK/EU fees: £2,928
  • Overseas fees: £6,025

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


UK and EU postgraduate students

  • For EU nationals, we recommend contacting the Education Ministry in your home country for information about government funding for study.
  • Another way to fund your studies is through educational loans which may be offered by some high street banks.

Student Finance Postgraduate Loans

  • Student Finance Postgraduate Loans of up to £10,000 towards the cost of your studies.

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