SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

MA Intensive South Asian Studies

duration:
Two Years Full Time

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

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The two-year MA Intensive South Asian Studies offers comprehensive language-based training across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Students on the programme take four taught courses at SOAS during their first year, of which a course at an appropriate level in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu and the course ‘The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia’ are core.  In addition to the two core courses, students must choose courses to the value of 90 credits from the list of options advertised for the MA South Asian Area Studies. The disciplines available include Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Cinema, Cultural and Regional Studies, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Music, Politics, and Study of Religions.

In their second year, students will undertake an extended period of study attached to a university or research institute in India, Pakistan or Nepal (the location depending on their choice of language), where they will further develop their language proficiency and conduct research for an extended dissertation.  The second half of the second year will be taken up with the writing of the dissertation under close supervision back in London.

The programme is aimed at students pursuing careers in the academic world, business, government and the media that require a skill set which encompasses disciplinary rigour, comprehensive area knowledge and cultural and linguistic fluencies. No prior knowledge of a South Asian language is required but applicants should provide evidence of their language-learning ability.  The language element of the training will be tailored to meet the needs of students with existing language skills.

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MA Intensive South Asian Studies

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Structure

Students take The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - 15PSAC314 and a course in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu in their first year, plus courses to the value of two full units (90 credits) from the list given below.  These courses should be chosen in close consultation with the programme convenor.

Students spend the first half of their second year studying at one of our partner institutions in South Asia, before returning to work on their 20,000-word dissertation. 

All courses are subject to availability

Anthropology (minor only)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANC087 0.5 Unit
Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 1 Unit Full Year
Cinema
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Culture
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Contemporary Punjab: Society and Culture across Borders 15PAIC001 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Bengal: the Evolution of Bengali Culture and Society from 1690 to the Present Day (MA) 15PSAC289 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 1 Unit Full Year
Economics
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy 15PECC026 0.4 Unit Term 1
Economic development of South Asia b) major sectors & the internationa 15PECC027 0.4 Unit Term 2
History
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia 15PHIH030 0.5 Unit Term 2
Language [one language option as minor only]
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 1 Unit Full Year
Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 1 Unit Full Year
Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 1 Unit Full Year
Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 1 Unit Full Year
Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 1 Unit Full Year
Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 1 Unit Full Year
Readings in Contemporary Hindi (PG) 15PSAC305 1 Unit Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 1 Unit Full Year
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 1 Unit Full Year
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 1 Unit Full Year
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 1 Unit Full Year
Urdu Literacy (PG) 15PSAC302 1 Unit Full Year
Law
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Law and Society in South Asia (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC129 1 Unit Full Year
Literature
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 1 Unit Full Year
Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 0.5 Unit Term 1
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 1 Unit Full Year
Sanskrit Literature 15PSAC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition 15PSAC014 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 1 Unit Full Year
Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 0.5 Unit Term 1
Politics
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 1 Unit Full Year
Buddhist Rituals 15PSRH012 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi 15PSRC170 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Classical Hindu Texts in Translation: Epics and Puranas 15PSRC167 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 0.5 Unit Term 1
Religious and Philosophical Ideas of Ancient and Medieval India 15PSRC049 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Lectures and Seminars

Most courses require students to attend two or three hours of classes each week. This time will be spent in lectures, seminars, tutorial discussions and student presentations: the exact mixture of activities varies somewhat from course to course. At Masters level there is a particular emphasis on students’ contributions and presentations, and students are also expected to read extensively and prepare for each class in advance.

Language courses typically involve more hours of contact time, especially at elementary level, and regular homework.

The assessment on most courses consists of two or three coursework essay assignments and an unseen written examination, sat in April or May.  However, some courses are assessed purely on the basis of coursework, including essays and reaction papers.

Dissertation

A 20,000-word dissertation will be written by each student on this programme after his/her return from South Asia, for submission in September of the second year. The dissertation will be 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.  The South Asia collection consists of approximately 88,000 volumes in English and other European languages and about 70,000 volumes in South Asian languages.

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. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£7,985 £17,215
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 17:00

The Michael Palin Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-03-31 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

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