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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

MA Pacific Asian Studies

Duration: One year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time)

Overview

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

The region known as "Pacific Asia" can be defined in various ways, but the "core" countries are China, Japan, Korea and the ASEAN nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines). Together, they make up one of the most diverse and important regions in the world.

SOAS has more expertise in this part of the world than any other institution in Western Europe; indeed there are very few places anywhere in the world that can boast the same range of expertise.

This degree is a way of bringing together the large number of courses on Pacific Asia currently on offer in SOAS Masters programmes for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, South East Asian Studies, and Korean Studies.

The courses chosen must cover three of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Structure

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

As a Regional Studies programme students will be expected to select their course from more than one discipline The two minor courses can be taken from the same discipline (but different to that of the major) or two different ones. The courses chosen must cover three of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Anthropology
Art and Archaeology
Cinema
Economics
Available as a minor only
Available as a major only
History
Language (one language option as a minor only)
Law (minor only)
Literature

Appropriate language skills are required.

Available as a minor only
Literature

No language requirement.

Available as a minor only
Music
Available as a minor only
Politics

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

Lectures and Seminars

For most courses there is one 2-hour class each week. This may be an informal lecture followed by a discussion or student presentation. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take.

Dissertation

The 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic linked with one of the taught courses.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Destinations

As a student specialising in Pacific Asia, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of Pacific Asia.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

I love being on this programme because we have excellent staff who make it possible for the students to pursue exactly their own interests in South East Asia

Patrick Tibke