MA South East Asian Studies
Duration: One year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time)
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)
Start of programme: September intake only
The MA in South East Asian Studies provides exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions.
Students on the programme come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some come into the programme having acquired an interest in South East Asia during their undergraduate career or as a result of travelling in the region.
The programme also attracts mature students: some take the MA as a partial preparation for employment in the region; others, having lived in South East Asia for a number of years, seek to place their experience and impressions into a more structured, analytical framework.
Knowledge of a South East Asian language is not a requirement of the course. Language courses, however, are popular options.
Students take three taught courses, one of which is considered a major, and complete a 10,000 word dissertation related to the major.
The two minor courses can be taken from the same discipline (but different to that of the major) or two different ones. 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.
- Culture and Society of South East Asia - 15PANC088 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Art and Archaeology
- Arts of contemporary and modern Southeast Asia - 15PARH050 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Art of monumental Southeast Asia - 15PARH049 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
- Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film - 15PSEH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2014/2015
- (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen - 15PSEH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) - 15PSEH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- The economic development of South East Asia - 15PECC004 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
- Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region - 15PECC334 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia I - Making States and Building Nations - 15PHIH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia II - Non-National Perspectives - 15PHIH012 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- World War II, Cold War, and the "War On Terror": the United States and South East Asia - 15PHIC059 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Language (one language option as a minor only)
- Burmese Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC039 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Indonesian Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC032 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Indonesian Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC033 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Indonesian Language 3 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC034 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Indonesian Language 4 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC035 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC043 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Thai Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC040 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Thai Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC041 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Thai Language 3 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC042 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Vietnamese Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC036 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Vietnamese Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSEC037 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PCHC008 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese II (Postgraduate) - 15PCHC011 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese 3 (Postgraduate) - 15PCHC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese IV (Postgraduate) - 15PCHC012 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Law (minor only)
- Islamic law (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC121 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Migration, gender and the law in South East Asia and beyond - 15PLAH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
Literature (appropriate language skills required)
- Traditional Malay Literature - 15PSEC008 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
- Modern Literature in Malay - 15PSEC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
- Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters) - 15PSEH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
Literature (no language requirement)
- The Urban/Rural Divide in South East Asian Literature - 15PSEH012 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) - 15PSEH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
- Pre-Modern historical Texts of Java, Bali and the Malay World in English Translation (Masters) - 15PSEH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2014/2015
Higher level literature course (minor only)
- Burmese Texts and Translation - 15PSEC027 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Directed Readings in Burmese - 15PSEC028 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Indonesian Literature up to 1942 - 15PSEC001 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Modern Indonesian Literature (since 1942) - 15PSEC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Directed Readings in Indonesian - 15PSEC029 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- The Thai Novel - 15PSEC013 (1 unit - 45 CATS Unit)
- Thai Short Stories - 15PSEC014 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- A Selected Thai Author - 15PSEC015 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
- Directed Readings in Thai - 15PSEC030 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Contemporary Vietnamese Prose Fiction - 15PSEC016 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Modern Vietnamese Poetry - 15PSEC017 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Directed Readings in Vietnamese - 15PSEC031 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Music (minor only)
- Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) - 15PMUH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Government and politics of modern South East Asia - 15PPOC247 (1 Unit) - Full Year
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.
The 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic linked with one of the taught courses.
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.
A postgraduate degree in South East Asian studies from SOAS provides its students with 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, history, cinema, politics, economics or law.
Postgraduate students are equipped with linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research, along with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in
many professional and management careers in business, public or charity sectors. 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. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.
Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
|American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce|
BBC Worldwide Japan Ltd
Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Institut de Recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine
Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)
|National Archives of Japan|
Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA)
Singapore Press Holdings
The Finacial Times
The Japan Foundation
The New York Times
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Training and event Officer
Director - Senior Credit Analyst
Head Of Product Management
Grants, Trusts & Major Donor Fundraiser
Regional Research Coordinator
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.
How to apply
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Application Deadline: 2014-03-20 17:00
A Student's Perspective
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