Turkish BA (Hons)

L0033314 Figure of a baby in a womb. Turkish Ottoman Manuscript Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

The BA in Oriental Studies (Turkish) is a four-year degree. In the first year students focus on Turkish language and Islamic history and culture. The second year of the course is spent on an approved course of study in the Middle East. You may choose to focus entirely on Turkish, or you may combine Turkish with a subsidiary language.

Students wishing to focus on the study of Turkish will study Turkish language and Islamic history and culture in their first year and spend their second year on an approved course of study in Turkey. In the third and fourth year students can choose to focus only on further Turkish language and literature studies, or may also choose options relating to Turkish/Ottoman history.

Students wishing to combine their study of Turkish with another language may choose from Arabic, Armenian, Avestan (Old Iranian), Classics (Latin and/or Ancient Greek), Hindi/Urdu and Persian. Turkish may also be studied as a subsidiary language (ie as a second subject) alongside Arabic or Persian, leading to a BA in Oriental Studies (Arabic) or a BA in Oriental Studies (Persian).

In addition, Turkish may be studied as part of the four-year joint degree in European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL) in combination with one of the following European languages: French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Czech (with Slovak). You will spend around half your time studying Turkish language and literature, and around half studying the other language and related literature.

Turkish can also be studied as a main or second subject in the joint degree of Classics and Oriental Studies. This course allows you to combine the study of an Oriental language and culture with Latin and/or Greek and the study of the ancient world.

For further information please download a copy of the Undergraduate 2021-22 Handbook.