SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

MA Palestine Studies

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA Palestine Studies is a simultaneously disciplinary and interdisciplinary programme that provides students with an overview of the ways in which varying bodies of scholarship across and intra various disciplines engage and study Palestine, and examines how the study of Palestine cuts across and informs scholarly, theoretical, political and disciplinary approaches. It develops an understanding of the complexities of modern and contemporary Palestine through a study of relevant material, and of the dynamics of colonisation, displacement, insecurity and security. It attends to the place of culture in representing conflict and identity politics and as a means of mediation and resistance.

The flexible study programme and the interdisciplinary curriculum will enrich students’ knowledge of issues relating to the questions of conflict and political economy, development, cultural politics, social and economic relations, identity, and other major concerns of humanities and social sciences. Students will develop an understanding of Palestinian history, political structure, development, culture and society. And they will become familiar with different disciplinary approaches, models, and scholarship frameworks in the study of Palestine, and the ability to write critically on topics relevant to the study of Palestine.



Students take 4 units in total: the Core course (1 unit), the Dissertation (1 unit), one or two from the list of Palestine specific courses (1 unit to 2 units), or one from the list of Palestine-specific courses (1 unit) and another from relevant courses on the Middle East (1 unit).

Core Course

The core course is in two parts:

Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 (0.5 unit) Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 (0.5 unit) Term 2

Core Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
List A: Palestine-Specific Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 1 Unit Full Year
Zionist Ideology 15PNMC035 1 Unit Full Year
Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 1 Unit Full Year
Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 1 Unit Full Year
List B: Courses Relating to the Middle East

Choose from the following courses:

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC032 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC407 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Standard Modern Arabic 15PNMC402 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390 1 unit - 45 cats Unit
Arabic 2 (PG) 15PNMC382 1 Unit Full Year
Arabic 4 (PG) 15PNMC391 1 Unit Full Year
Elementary Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC392 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC393 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Hebrew (PG) 15PNMC394 1 Unit Full Year
Anthropology and Sociology Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 0.5 Unit Term 2
Development Studies Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 0.5 Unit Term 2
Centre for Gender Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Gender in the Middle East 15PGNH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gendering migration & diasporas 15PGNH002 0.5 Unit Term 1
Economics Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic development of the Middle East 15PECC341 1 Unit Full Year
History Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The End of Empire in the Middle East & the Balkans 15PHIC004 1 Unit Full Year
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 0.5 Unit Term 2
School of Law
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Islamic Law (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC121 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 1 Unit Full Year
Politics and International Studies Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 0.5 Unit Term 1
State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 0.5 Unit Full Year
Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Critical Theory and the Study of Religions 15PSRC037 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 1 Unit Full Year
Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 1 Unit Full Year
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 1 Unit Full Year
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
E. Dissertation


Important information for 2017/18 applicants

For the 2017 academic year, SOAS has introduced a new academic framework for all of our postgraduate taught courses. The new model will mean that taught programmes are now made up of four units each worth 30 credits – our current structure is based on three units – plus dissertation. This approach is in line with PG programmes in most other universities.

In practice this means that there will be additional choice of modules for students taking PG taught programmes in 2017. The modules set out here represent the options available in the programme in 2016. In most cases, our 2017 programmes will contain these options plus additional modules – broadening the range of what is available on your programme.

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Each course has its own series of classes and seminars, and in addition students attend general lectures and seminars organised by the Centre for Palestine Studies. In most courses there is one two-hour class each week. This may be an informal lecture followed by a discussion or a student presentation. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take.

The dissertation is on an approved topic linked to one of the taught courses.

Learning resources

SOAS library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


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