M.A. South Asian Area Studies

SOAS, University of London

Application deadline: June 30
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,800 / Year (EEA)
  • € 17,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.

Contents

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

Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL iBT® test: 105

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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

Funding

Scholarships and Bursaries

There are some scholarships and bursaries available for postgraduate students. These are very competitive and early application is advised.

· The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary (programme must include studying the history of the modern Arab world)

· AKS Postgraduate Bursary (in Korean Studies)

· Bernard Buckman Scholarship (MA Chinese Studies, for UK/EU fee paying students)

· The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS. There are two scholarships available available in 2013-14 for study at SOAS. These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field. Open a national of and resident in one of the following countries:
Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe. The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

· Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (for students from African Commonwealth countries)

· D.G.Hall Scholarship (Taught Masters programmes at SOAS, for applicants holding a Burma/Myanmar passport)

· Felix Scholarships (for Indian students)

· Ferguson Scholarships (for African nationals from an African Country)

· HSBC SOAS Scholarships (MA Sinology & MA Chinese Literature, for UK/EU fee paying students)

· Kamran Djam Scholarships (MA Iranian Studies)

· Professor Stuart Wilson Scholarship (MA South East Asian Studies)

· Standard Chartered Scholarships (for a range of full-time Taught Masters programmes. The programmes relate to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East/NorthAfrica)

· Tibawi Trust Awards (for Palestinian students currently enrolled in a programme at SOAS)

· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities - (for any full-time taught masters programme in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities)

· SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Language & Cultures (for the full-time MA Gender Studies, MA Postcolonial Studies, MA Linguistics, MA Applied Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, MA Language, Documentation and Description, MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian and African Languages)

· SOAS Master's Scholarships- Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (for any full-time master's programmes in the Department of Development Studies, Economics, Law, Politics & International Studies and Financial & Management Studies)

· Tallow Chandlers and M. W Beer scholarship (MA) (MA Anthropology of Food, for UK/EU fee paying students)

· William Ross Murray Scholarship (LLM, for students from a developing country)

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