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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

BA International Management and South East Asian Studies (3 years)

Programme Code: TN3C BA/SEASIM


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Mode of Attendance: Full Time

The BA International Management and South East Asian Studies (3 years) provides students with a strong grounding in international management, knowledge of business and management in Asia, and a focus on South East Asia. Students take courses in accounting, finance, managerial economics, marketing, corporate governance, research methods and international business strategy, together with specialist courses that draw on SOAS's knowledge of the historical and cultural context of South East Asia, and language courses.

The unique programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of core principles of international management and finance, together with the ability to apply this knowledge to real issues facing business and other organisations that operate in South East Asia.

Students have the opportunity combine the study of management and finance (with particular focus on Asia) with the study of South East Asia in a broader context, with the possibility of taking approved courses on culture, history, music, art, literature, politics, economics, law, or anthropology, taught in departments across SOAS departments, providing a rich inter-disciplinary learning environment. The programme prepares students for a career in management and finance in or with South East Asia.  As the economies of South East Asia continue to expand, a knowledge of language and culture will be more and more of an asset in the world of commerce and international trade.


The programme will consist of four course units per year, with at least five courses completed in the first subject and four in the second subject among the courses taken at SOAS over the three years of the degree.

Core courses must be taken and passed in order to proceed to the next year.  Compulsory courses must be taken in order to proceed.

Students can choose courses to the value of one unit per year outside their named degree.  These courses are termed "open option" courses.  Students must complete courses to the value of 5 units in the subject to be named first and 4 courses in the subject to be named second in the degree title. 

All SEA language courses are normally ab initio, however, students with prior knowledge of a SEA language should consult with a member of staff to be placed in a language course at an appropriate level.

Not all courses may run in each year; students must seek advice from their Undergraduate Tutor before signing up for courses.

Year 1
Core SEA Courses
Compulsory Language Course

A South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai) at a suitable level

Core IM Courses

Management in China: Domestic and International Developments OR Management in Japan and Korea

Two half unit courses from:
Year 2
Core SEA Courses

NB: The two named half unit core courses will run in alternate years

And ...

a further half unit from list A (see below)

A continuation of year 1 SEA language or courses to the value of one unit from List A, B or C

(see below)

Four half units from:
Year 3
Core SEA Courses
And ...

a further half unit from list A (see below)

A continuation of year 2 SEA language or one unit from List A, B, C or an open option

(see below)

Independent Study Project in International Management in South East Asia
Two half units chosen from:
List A
List B
List C

Another SEA language at an appropriate level (Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer) or the options below

Programme Specification


Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

No.  Students wishing to spend a Year Abroad in South East Asia as part of their studies would be required to switch to one of the four-year degree programmes within the Department of South East Asia.  Contact the Head of the Department of South East Asia or the programme convenor for more information.


Graduates will have a firm grasp of international management disciplines that should place them in a good position to pursue a career in business, banking, consulting, media and other industries, especially in companies or organisations that operate in, or do business with Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia or Burma. Students who attain a first or upper second will be well-placed to embark on postgraduate study. DeFiMS maintains close links with employers in the United Kingdom, with a focus on regions including China, Japan, Korea. We expect that many of our graduates will move into banking, consulting, media, and other industries.

A Student's Perspective

The South East Asia (SEA) Department therefore becomes an ideal place to explore this particular topic as the department provides interesting courses in Thai cinema conducted by internationally prominent lecturers.

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