SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

MA Languages and Cultures of South Asia

duration:
One calendar year (full time); Two or three years (part time, daytime only)

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours or equivalent

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This degree provides a coherent combination of courses in South Asian languages and their associated literatures and cultures; it leads to an advanced level of understanding of one aspect of South Asian civilization, together with a broader appreciation of the linguistic and literary culture of the subcontinent. The ‘Directed Readings’ courses, available in several modern languages, have a flexible curriculum which allows them to accommodate the interests of individual students or groups of students. The MA will provide, inter alia, an appropriate training for students wishing to proceed to postgraduate research in South Asian studies; its focus on South Asian language, culture and literature distinguishes it from the interdisciplinary perspective of the MA in South Asian Area Studies on the one hand and the MA in Comparative Literature on the other.

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Structure

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.

Students take three taught courses, one of which is considered a major, and complete a 10,000 word dissertation related to the major.

Candidates who wish to take a language at other than introductory level will be assessed at the start of the term to determine the most appropriate level of study.

Part-time students (two years) will take two courses in the first year (normally their Minors) and the Major and dissertation in the second year; part-time students (three years) take one course per year, and their dissertation in the third year.

Choosing the Courses

Applicants are asked to specify their preferred major subject and to give an alternative, as not all courses are available every year and practical considerations such as timetabling may limit choices.

Once enrolled, students have two weeks to finalise their choice of subjects, during which time they may sample different subjects through attending lectures etc.

Students must take TWO courses from List A of which one must be the major and ONE language course from List B.

LIST A
Majors or Minors
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
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
Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 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
Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 1 Unit Full Year
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 1 Unit Full Year
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 1 Unit Full Year
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 1 Unit Full Year
This course is available as a minor only
Majors together/ Minors individually

These courses can be considered as majors only if both half-unit courses are taken together. Separately they will be considered as minors.

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
Majors together/ Minors individually

These courses can be considered as majors only if both half-unit courses are taken together. Separately they will be considered as minors.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 0.5 Unit Term 1
Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 0.5 Unit Term 2
LIST B
Minors 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
Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 1 Unit Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 1 Unit Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 1 Unit Full Year
Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 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
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Persian Language 155900801 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Persian Language 155900802 1 Unit Full Year

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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.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
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Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 00:00

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