Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
The MA Gender with special reference to the Middle East is our newest pathway degree yet and is introduced at a time when SOAS is celebrating its 100 years anniversary. Its main goal is to re-focus discussions related to gender and sexuality to the unique and rich region of the Middle East. This pathway coincides with the increased relevance of the Middle East to the disciplines of development and International Relations, in addition to its omnipresence in mainstream news and media.
Who is this programme for?
The pathway caters for students who would like to obtain a critical lens to the current issues and debates within the study of gender in the Middle East and will appeal to both students who are interested in the relevant academic discussions and those who are interested in political and activist dimensions.
This pathway degree is inter-disciplinary and combines a number of methodologies which include anthropological, legal, and economic approaches. Students are expected to submit weekly reaction papers, hold presentations in class and complete a 12,000 words dissertation. Students are strongly encouraged to engage with the centre by initiating activities and sharing their thoughts with fellow students and staff alike.
The MA Gender with special reference to the Middle East consists of one calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only).
Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
- Dissertation in gender studies
Please Note: Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East (15PGNC002) needs to be completed successfully for the achievement of an exit award.
All students will take the following two core modules:
- Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Dissertation Methods for Gender Studies
All students will take the following two compulsory modules:
- Gender in the Middle East
- Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
All students will take the modules to the value of 30 credits from List 1 below.
All students will take the modules to the value of 15 credits from List 2 below.
List of Modules (subject to availability)
Please Note: 15PANH024 Issues in the Anthropology of Gender cannot be combined with 15PDSH010 Gender & Development
- Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law
- Gendering Migration & Diasporas
- Gender and Development
- Queer and Feminist Diaspora Studies
- Gender, Peace and International Law
- Gender and Music (MMus)
- Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa
- Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia
- Issues in the Anthropology of Gender
- Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film
- Judaism and Gender
- Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Selected Topics
UCL Optional Module
Gender in Policy & Planning (30 Credits)
- Civil society, social movements and the development process
- Culture and Society of China
- Culture and Society of East Africa
- Culture and Society of Japan
- Culture and Society of Near and Middle East
- Culture and Society of South Asia
- Culture and Society of South East Asia
- Culture and Society of West Africa
- African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World
- African and Asian Cultures in Britain
- Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics
- Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society
- Indian Cinema: Key Issues
- Violence, justice and the politics of memory
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
Admissions and Applications
You can apply for this course via the online application form.
We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.
Consideration of Application
The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.
Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.
Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.
Minimum Upper Second-class (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent). Overseas students may be asked to provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. Relevant professional and activist experience will be taken into account.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.
If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.
About the School
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