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MA Buddhist Studies at SOAS
The Department of the Study of Religions has a new MA Buddhist Studies. The programme will appeal to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of Buddhism and Buddhist traditions as a whole, and will offer unique opportunities to those intending to embark on further research or fieldwork among Buddhist communities.

13th May 2014

Places available for SOAS students to participate in 2014 Summer University in Berlin

Peace and Religion in the 21st century will be the focus for the Second International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership in Berlin this June.

12th March 2014

SOAS in Europe’s top ten for Arts and Humanities

SOAS, University of London has been ranked in Europe’s top ten universities for Arts and Humanities, according to the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, which ranked SOAS ninth in Europe and 26th in the world.

6th March 2014

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti US foundation gives transformational £20 million donation to SOAS, University of London to fund a step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

1st November 2013

2012-13 academic promotions announced

Governing Body approved promotions to Reader and Professor, following promotions to Senior Lecturer, agreed earlier in the year

12th July 2013

New Masters programme: Media and the Middle East

A groundbreaking MA Media and the Middle East has been launched by SOAS, University of London, starting in September 2013.

15th February 2013

SOAS Aerial View SOAS professors lead UK for ethnic diversity

A report from the University and College Union (UCU) shows that SOAS is the number one UK university institution for the ethnic diversity of its professors.

4th February 2013

Japan Since 1945: From Postwar to Post-Bubble by Christopher Gerteis and Timothy S. George SOAS historian champions importance of today’s Japan

A new collection of essays, edited by SOAS historian Dr Christopher Gerteis, reasserts the contemporary global importance of the East Asian nation.

1st February 2013

Spanish-Islamic lustre ware SOAS PhD Internship for Illuminating Objects at the Courtauld

lluminating Objects is a pilot programme of The Courtauld Gallery which aims to shine new light on unexpected objects from the decorative arts and sculpture collections, through partnerships with SOAS, King’s College, London, the University of Kent in Canterbury and University College, London.

20th November 2012

Konrad Hirschler Dr Konrad Hirschler, reader in the History of the Near and Middle East at SOAS, wins award

Dr Konrad Hirschler wins the 2012 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Book Award for his study of reading practices in the medieval Middle East

16th November 2012

QS World University Rankings Logo SOAS scores well in world university rankings

SOAS qualities have been recognised this week by the new QS World University Rankings and the Which? university comparison website.

18th September 2012

Vietnamese Field School

Vietnamese Field School as first activity of SOAS/Monash MOU for co-operative work in field of Anthropology of Tourism and Pilgrimage.

11th September 2012

Gurharpal Singh Professor Gurharpal Singh Selected as Panellist for UN Human Rights Council

Professor Gurharpal Singh, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Professor of Inter-religious Relations and Development at SOAS, will be an expert panellist at the 20th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 29 June.

18th June 2012

Musical Geographies of Central Asia Conference and Concert Announcement

This conference explores the musical geographies of Central Asia, focusing on regionalism and borders.

13th April 2012

Buddha statue New Programme Launch: MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation
The SOAS Department of the Study of Religions has launched a new MA programme in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

13th December 2011

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