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SOAS, University of London

Middle Eastern Studies and Music

UCAS Code: TW6H
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-136

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Subjects
  • Modern Middle Eastern studies
  • Music
Student score
84% HIGH
82% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£20.8k MED
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAB

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The BA Middle Eastern Studies and â?Š is a three-year programme that offers students the opportunity to study the history and culture of the Middle East alongside with acquiring competence for one or more Middle Eastern languages. The two-subject degree allows students to combine the study of the region of the Middle East with a specific discipline. All disciplines at SOAS are taught with a regional focus on Asia and Africa, and students will be able to choose courses in their second subject that supplement their interest in the Middle East as a region.

Modules

Middle Eastern studies Modules include: Literatures of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; language unit at an appropriate level; introduction to Israeli culture; introduction to Arabic culture; nation and nationalism in Middle Eastern fiction (in translation); the Muslim world: unity in diversity; core independent study project; compulsory language course; Arabic cinema; cinemas of the Middle East; Persian poetry in translation; Middle Persian; Ottoman Turkish language; introduction to Sufism; history of Zionism; Israeli history and the Israel-Palestine conflict; introduction to Israeli literature; introduction to Armenian history; introduction to Armenian literature in translation; introduction to Armenian culture; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Islamic architecture; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; art and material culture of the Islamic world: 7th-14th centuries; the decorative arts of Islam; mosaics, manuscripts and wall painting in Islamic art; music of the Middle East and North Africa; Islamic law; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; the making of the Modern Middle East; Zoroastrian literature in translation; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern worlds; economic development of the Modern Middle East; government and politics of the Middle East; Eastern Christianity; Orthodox Christianity; martyrs and monks in Eastern Christian writings; Syriac for beginners; Judaism: foundation; Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism; daily life of Jews in Antiquity; the Bible and its interpretation in Ancient Judaism; the role and representation of women in Judaism. Music Modules include: Sounds and cultures 1: Africa, the Jewish World, West and Central Asia; Sounds and cultures 2: East, South East and South Asia; music and culture; introduction to music analysis; performance; ethnomusicology: themes and variations; urban soundscapes; music and religion in South East Asia; popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music of Korea; musical traditions of East Asia; Indian classical music; the world of Cuban music; composition; gender and music; introduction to sound recording; music, Shamanism and healing; presenting world music on radio; extended essay in music; independent study project in music.

SOAS, University of London

Students outside campus

Part of the University of London, SOAS is the world's leading institution for the study of a diverse range of subjects concerned with Asia, Africa and the Middle East. At SOAS, we have a tradition of creating change within our community and abroad, facilitating events and activities on everything from donkey conferences to international political debate to defending cleaners' rights...

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
78%

Year 1

22%
78%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
50%
40%
10%

Year 1

53%
39%
8%

Year 2

42%
55%
3%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 84% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

75%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

72%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
31% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
64% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
406 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £20.8k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

7%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Mainly covering the study of Turkish or Arabic, this isn't a very common degree choice for UK students - just 170 students graduated in this area in 2012 - so bear that in mind when drawing conclusions from any employment and salary stats. If you are interested in studying this subject, then it's a good idea go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course and what previous graduates went on to do.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

97%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

72%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
25% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
30% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
317 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
20% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

33%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2012. Most were working after six months – but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs in music is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.
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