MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours or equivalent.
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
Do you want to enhance your understanding of the cultural, political and economic history of Pakistan? The MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan provides a comprehensive and critical approach to Pakistan: its complex and vibrant culture, politics, economics, law, religious history and current trends. SOAS hosts one of the biggest concentration of research and teaching staff who specialise on Pakistan related topics. You will have an opportunity to interact and work closely with them. The Programme of Study will introduce you to the latest research topics, methods and debates in the field. It will prepare you to critically assess the diverse complexities of one of the most reported on countries in the world.
Optional language training is available for those who aspire to a research degree.
The degree is enhanced by the activities of a Research Centre dedicated to the Study of Pakistan. The Centre is part of the wider South Asian research cluster at SOAS.
Centre for the Study of Pakistan
Students are encouraged to join in the activities of the vibrant centre (http://www.soas.ac.uk/csp/), which runs fortnightly seminars and workshops, and an Annual Lecture.
The Centre for Pakistan supports MUSA, recently launched, a postgraduate research forum for the study of Muslim South Asia.
Several summer internships are currently available to run alongside the MA degree. Please contact the convenors or the SOAS careers office for details.
Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.
The programme will consist of three course units (1 core + 2 options) and a dissertation.
The core course (Imagining Pakistan) will introduce the main topics, approaches and possible lines of enquiry for a cultural history of Pakistan from 1947 to the present.
Students will choose two courses from a list of options that includes courses on modern Muslim thinkers and Contemporary Islamism in South Asia, Law and Society in South Asia, Urdu language, and Urdu literature in Pakistan.
Students will also write a 10,000 dissertation on the Study of Contemporary Pakistan, applying and developing the knowledge acquired in the core courses to an independent topic of research.
- Imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender (MA) - 15PSAC313 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
- Urdu Language 1 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC300 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Urdu Language 2 (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC301 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Urdu Literacy (Postgraduate) - 15PSAC302 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language - 15PSAC016 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Department of Politics and International Studies
- Government and politics of modern South Asia - 15PPOC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East - 15PPOH020 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus - 15PPOH022 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus - 15PPOH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
Department of History
- Islam in South Asia - 15PHIC042 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia - 15PHIC071 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
- Modern Trends in Islam - 15PNMC228 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians - 15PNMC038 (1 Unit) - Full Year
School of Law
- Law and society in South Asia (MA/LLM) - 15PLAC129 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Department of the Study of Religions
- Modern Muslim Thinkers from South Asia - 15PSRC169 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi - 15PSRC170 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2014/2015
Department of Development Studies
- Borders and Development - 15PDSH023 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Migration and Policy - 15PDSH029 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Political economy of violence, conflict and development - 15PDSC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Centre for Gender Studies
- Gendering migration & diasporas - 15PGNH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
10,000 word Dissertation
- Dissertation in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan - 15PSAC998 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Teaching & Learning
The MA prepares students for a wide range of career destinations. Graduates will benefit from interdisciplinary cultural and linguistic training that is widely sought after in the business and public sector. It is suited for those seeking employment as management consultants, policy advisers in Government and the Civil Service, Think Tanks, Charities, NGOs, as well as journalism and media related openings, more broadly in the culture industry, or for those who aspire to a Research degree.
- Standard Chartered - International Bank
- Bestway – Food Wholesaler
- Gallager Heath - Insurance Broker
- Citizen’s Foundation – Education Support in Pakistan Charity
A Student's Perspective
I feel that the thorough and systematic teaching provided by SOAS has given me not only a good knowledge of Sanskrit but also skills in critical thought, linguistic and socio-political analysis and communication that will give me something unique to offer to a graduate employer.