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South Asia Department

Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of South Asia

Course Code:
15PSAC999
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

The dissertation is a core component of all Masters programmes at SOAS. The supervised dissertation research requires the ability to work independently on an original piece of research, to demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature and present the resulting dissertation in a clear and organised format.

The research and writing of the Masters dissertation is a crucial component of Research-based Masters training. 

The dissertation has a 10,000 word limit and counts for 25% of the overall degree. For details on presentation and submission dates, see the Postgraduate Taught Masters Handbook.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, students should have:

  • The ability to apply their subject knowledge and methodology to a specific research problem in their area of specialism; 
  • The skills required to pursue independent research in an academic context; 
  • The ability to present their work to different audiences in a clear professional form.