SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

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

  • Minimum upper second class honours or equivalent.

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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 (, 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.



Learn a language as part of this programme

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.

Core Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender (MA) 15PSAC313 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Courses
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
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
Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 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
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Department of History
Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 1 Unit Full Year
Israel, the Arab World and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 1 Unit Full Year
School of Law
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Law and Society in South Asia (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC129 1 Unit Full Year
Department of the Study of Religions
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 1 Unit Full Year 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
Department of Development Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
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
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Gendering migration & diasporas 15PGNH002 0.5 Unit Term 1
10,000 word Dissertation
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Dissertation in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan 15PSAC998 1 Unit Full Year

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

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
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 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


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 liked how small my classes were, so that I was actually able to discuss things in small settings. I was humbled by how willing the professors were to talk to me about ideas and how eager they were to help in any way possible. The dedication they have to their students is inspiring.

Farida Begum, Barnard College


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