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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Iranian (Farsi) Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MA in Iranian Studies enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian area and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural make up of Iran. The flexible study programme and interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students knowledge about the religious and politico-cultural influences affecting contemporary Iran and the region it is embedded in. Students will develop a critical understanding of the literature and/or of Iran and the diaspora and gain an understanding of Iran in the context of the Middle East with respect to gender, politics, Islam, music, and migration (minor module options). Persian language and literature will also be studied.

This course is unique in its approach. It provides an in-depth analysis of contemporary Iranian affairs from an inter-disciplinary perspective that exposes students to the full depth of expertise in Iranian Studies at SOAS. In addition, the course introduces students to the region that Iran is embedded in. The core course is team taught, which gives students the unique opportunity to work with several world-leading scholars.

The course will appeal to a wide range of students interested in contemporary Iranian politics, international affairs, economics, culture and history. There is no language requirement to enter the course and the wide-ranging courses on offer ensure that students will not be "limited" to Iranian Studies.

The course is embedded in a generous inter-departmental structure that gives students the opportunity to choose from a variety of courses in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East and the Department of Politics and International Studies. While Persian is not a prerequisite to study on this course, SOAS is world-renowned for its language courses. When we first conceived of the MA and wrote the core course, we made sure it was flanked by the Centre for Iranian Studies, which I have been chairing since 2013. The Centre also administers the generous Kamran Djam scholarships, which have supported some of our students in the past. There is growing demand for experts in Iranian affairs, and West Asia and North Africa more generally. Our students have moved into careers in consultancy, academia, think-tanks, global business, and international diplomacy.

Different course options

Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This course will present an interdisciplinary critical overview of the long history of Iran, but with particular focus on key issues in contemporary Iranian society, politics, and culture. For this reason, it draws upon expertise in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East, of History, Politics, Study of Religions, and Media. It will be available as a minor option for the MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, MA Islamic Studies and MA Islamic Societies and Cultures, to which it will provide a unique focus on Iran.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,685

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£19,930

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more