SOAS University of London

School of Arts

MA Arts of Asia and Africa


Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£7,985
Overseas fees:
£17,215

This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the School of Arts welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some courses it is an advantage for admission (see individual course descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the two ‘minor’ courses. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Introduction

This programme draws upon the strength of the School of Arts as a centre for the study of the art, music and media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their global diasporas. Students select courses from across the school, developing a cross-discipline understanding of the arts, broadly conceived. They have the option of specialising in a particular interdisciplinary field, such as popular music and film in the Middle East; art, archaeology and music of the Silk Road; or music, media and development in Africa.

The School of Arts is a unique concentration of experts in the art, music and media of the non-Western world, unsurpassed in scale and reach by any other institution worldwide. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of staff whose work combines disciplinary rigour and innovative interdisciplinary exchange. Teaching is consistently informed by and contributes to the research of members of staff. Students can select from courses in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of Asia and Africa.

The MA Arts of Asia and Africa provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology, Music and/or Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including employment in museums, galleries and the creative and cultural industries. The transferable skills that they acquire enable them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. The programme is also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

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Structure

Students must take one course from at least two of the constituent parts of the School of Arts - History of Art and Archaeology, Media and Music - and will write a supervised dissertation on a relevant topic.

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis. The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two taught courses in the first year, and one taught course and the dissertation in the second. Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student takes one taught course in each year. The dissertation can be written in any year, but it is strongly recommended that it be undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

The following is a complete list of courses in the programme, not all of which are offered in any single year.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH004 0.5 Unit Term 2
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (PG) 15PMUC009 1 Unit Full Year
Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 1 Unit Full Year
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 0.5 Unit Term 2
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Central Asian Music 15PMUH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 0.5 Unit Term 2
Composition 15PMUH013 0.5 Unit Full Year
Contemporary Art and the Global 15PARH085 0.5 Unit Term 1
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Dissertation in Art and Archaeology 15PARC999 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation in Music 15PMUC999 1 Unit Full Year
(En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 0.5 Unit Term 2
Ethnomusicology in Practice 15PMUC004 1 Unit Full Year
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Music and Healing 15PMUH019 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Music in Selected Regions of Africa: Contexts and Structures 15PMUC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 0.5 Unit Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 0.5 Unit Term 2
Performance 15PMUC002 1 Unit Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 0.5 Unit Term 2
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 0.5 Unit Term 1
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSC002 1 Unit Full Year
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 0.5 Unit Term 2
Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 0.5 Unit Term 1

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Teaching

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures and seminars. Classes are normally between two and three hours per week for each course. Teaching methods include lectures with discussion and seminars at which students present papers. Students are expected to take an active part in class presentations. 

In addition to their studies on the MA programme, students at SOAS can participate in a wide range of research seminars, lectures and conferences that regularly take place in the School of Arts, SOAS and the University of London.

Assessment

Assessment is by course work and there are no exams, although certain courses may include an unseen element. For example, History of Art and Archaeology courses often have a ‘slide test’ (i.e. visual analysis of images presented under exam conditions), held in class time. For a half unit, the assessment norm is one essay of up to 5,000 words. Students will write a supervised dissertation on a relevant topic

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

Santander Taught Master’s Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

The MA Arts of Asia and Africa provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology, Music and/or Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including employment in museums, galleries and the creative and cultural industries. The transferable skills that they acquire enable them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. The programme is also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

A Student's Perspective

With the guidance of an eminent team of professors, and the support of the various resources SOAS has to offer, my time here has indeed been very productive, academically and professionally.

Vaishnavi Patil

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