M.A. South Asian Area Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR17300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
SOAS, University of London | London, United Kingdom
The MA in South Asian Studies provides exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions.

Description of South Asian Area Studies

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The MA in South Asian Studies provides exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the worlds most diverse and important regions.

Students can choose to concentrate on pre-modern or modern South Asia and can acquire a basic knowledge of one of the areas languages.

The degree provides a wide-ranging interdisciplinary analysis of the South Asian countries India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Disciplines available include Politics, Economics,Anthropology, Law and History.

The programme attracts students from a variety of backgrounds. While some wish to broaden their previous studies or experience of South Asia, others approach the course without having a South Asian element to their first degree, but with a desire to focus their previous training on the region.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June 30
Tuition fee
  • EUR 17300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 6800 Year (EEA)

EU: £5,460; Overseas: £13,890

Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Students take three taught courses, one of which is considered a major, and complete a 10,000-word dissertation related to the major.

Some disciplines, such as Politics, Economics or Social Anthropology, require an appropriate qualification (such as part of a first degree) if any of their courses are to be taken as the major subject.

All courses are subject to availability

Anthropology (minor only)
  • Culture and Society of South Asia - 15PANC087 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World - 15PANH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Art and Archaeology
  • Arts of Tibet - 154900164 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • The Indian Temple - 15PARC034 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Cinema
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context - 15PSAH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues - 15PSAH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2012/2013
  • South Asian Cinema and the Diaspora (MA) - 15PSAH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Culture
  • Modern Bengal: the Evolution of Bengali Culture and Society from 1690 to the Present Day (MA) - 15PSAC289 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya - 15PSAC291 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - 15PSAC314 (1 Unit) - Full Year
History
  • Body, Power and Society in Early India - 15PHIC020 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Problems and Debates in the Social History of Modern South Asia - 15PHIC064 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Islam in South Asia - 15PHIC042 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Tibetan Historical and Biographical Literature - 155901156 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • History of Environment and Globalisation in Asia and Africa - 15PHIH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia - 15PHIH030 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia - 15PHIC071 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Language [one language option as minor only]
  • Bengali Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC303 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Bengali Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC304 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC295 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Hindi Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC296 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC297 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Hindi Language 4 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC308 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Readings in Contemporary Hindi (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC305 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC298 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC299 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Pali: Intermediate Level - 15PSRC053 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Prakrit Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC309 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC294 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC306 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Sinhala Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC310 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Sinhala Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC307 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Tamil Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC311 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Urdu Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC300 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC301 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Urdu Literacy (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC302 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian - 15PNMC387 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Persian Language 1 - 155901242 (2 Unit) - Full Year
  • Persian Language 2 - 155900801 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Persian Language 3 - 155900802 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Persian Intermediate (Masters) - 15PNMC033 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Introduction to Classical Literary Tibetan (Masters) - 15PEAC020 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
Law
  • Law and society in South Asia (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC129 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Law, Multiculturalism and Intercultural Human Rights (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC109 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Literature
  • Literatures of South Asia - 15PSAC284 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Postcolonial Theory and Practice - 15PSAC019 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Theory And Techniques Of Comparative Literature - 15PCLC279 (1 unit Unit)
  • Sanskrit Literature - 15PSAC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language - 15PSAC016 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition - 15PSAC014 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) - 15PSAH005 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) - 15PSAH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Music
  • Indian Classical Music - 15PMUC027 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Music in South Asian Culture (Masters) - 15PMUC005 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Politics
  • Government and politics of modern South Asia - 15PPOC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Religious Studies
  • History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism - 15PSRC059 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Samples of Buddhist Literature in Sanskrit and Tibetan - 15PSRC067 (1.0 Unit) - Not Running 2012/13
  • Religious and Philosophical Ideas of Ancient and Medieval India - 15PSRC049 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Classical Hindu Texts in Translation: Epics and Puranas - 15PSRC167 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Indian Mahayana Buddhism - 15PSRH005 (0.5 Unit) - Not Running 2012/13
  • Esoteric Buddhism in India and Tibet - 15PSRH007 (0.5 Unit) - Not Running 2012/13
  • Buddhism in Tibet - 15PSRH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia - 15PSRH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Topical Lectures and Seminars in Buddhist Studies - 15PSRH015 (0.5 Unit)
  • Buddhist Rituals - 15PSRHO12 (0.5 Unit)
  • Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World - 15PSRC024 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Pali: Intermediate Level - 15PSRC053 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 - 15PSRC168 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism - 15PSRH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi - 15PSRC170 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2012/2013
  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet - 15PSRC172 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India - 15PSRC173 (1 Unit) - Full Year

English Language Requirements

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7
TOEFL iBT® test
105

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for South Asian Area Studies

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

English language requirements

In order to ensure that SOAS students have a sufficient standard of English to study effectively, we require overseas students to submit evidence, during the application process, of their current level of proficiency.

Score for Unconditional Entry

  • IELTS: Overall 7+ with at least 7 in all sub scores
  • TOEFL: iBT105+ with at least 25 in all sub scores
  • Pearson Test of English - Academic: Score of 75 or above with at least 70 in all sub scores

Work Experience for South Asian Area Studies

No work experience is required.

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