SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East

This programme covers an area stretching from Islamic Spain through the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia in diverse historical periods; it offers courses dealing with particular regions or categories of art such as Fatimid art and architecture, Arab, Persian, and Turkish painting, Mamluk architecture, and applied arts and architecture of Ottoman Egypt and Syria; various archaeological issues of the Islamic Middle East are also covered; the programme also engages with trans-regional topics that extend beyond the Middle East, such as the illumination of the Qur'an, and cultural and artistic relationships between the Islamic Middle East and Europe.

Entry requirements

Minimum Upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent).

Course modules

Dissertation in history of art and archaeology: history of art and archaeology of Islamic Middle East; approaches to critical interpretation and aesthetic theories; architectural boundaries and the body; illustrated manuscript cultures of Southeast Asia; art and architecture of the early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries); curating cultures.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,900 per Academic year (home fees) 1 calendar years
MA Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 calendar years
MA Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 3,950 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7898 4700