SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

BA South Asian Studies Sanskrit Pathway

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


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 Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

A Levels:
AAB - ABB
A Level language preferred
IB:
35 (6/6/5)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This page describes and outlines the Sanskrit Language Pathway through the BA South Asian Studies (4 years) and BA South Asian Studies and... (4 years) degrees.

Sanskrit has functioned for over two thousand years as the basic vehicle of classical Indian literature. It is the key to a first-hand understanding of the vast field of classical Hindu religion and philosophy, being the language of the Vedas and Upanishads, the great epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and the texts of Vedanta and Yoga.

It is also an important language for the study of Buddhism, Indo-European comparative philology, and the achievements of the classical civilisation of India in such wider fields as aesthetic theory, linguistics, law and political theory, medicine, mathematics and astronomy.

The Sanskrit pathway is designed to give students a high level of competence in reading and understanding a wide range of Sanskrit texts, and a good knowledge of their cultural context. We also encourage students to learn Pali and Prakrit. The pathway assumes no previous knowledge of Sanskrit or its script, though we do prefer candidates to have some record of successful language-learning, for example an A-level qualification in a European language. Students with previous knowledge of Sanskrit will be accommodated in a higher level module.

Students must take modules to the value of 4 units in each year of their degree.  If a student passes 4 modules units in one Pathway Language then the language will be named in the degree title, i.e. BA South Asian Studies (Sanskrit).  Text, Directed Readings and literature modules, and an Independent Study Project in which the language is used to a large extent all count as language modules.

Students must discuss this with their undergraduate tutor at the end of year 1 or the beginning of year 2.  The specialism will be added at the award stage only, when the degree has been completed, and will not feature during application or enrolment.  As such, students should refer to the BA South Asian Studies (4 years) full and half degree pages for full and definitive outlines, structures, and lists of available modules.

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Key Information Set Data


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Structure

For full details of module listings (Lists A, B, or C as referred to below) see the lists under "Structure" on the BA South Asian Studies (4 years) or BA South Asian Studies and... (4 years) programme pages, as appropriate.

Not all modules may run each year; students must seek advice from their undergraduate tutor before signing up for modules.

This structure indicates the expected progression for a student who begins their programme of Sanskrit language study without prior knowledge of the language (ab initio).  Students who arrive with some prior knowledge of Sanskrit will follow a modified structure, to be worked out on an individual basis.

Students may not take more than one language module at the elementary level in any given year.  Passing of the intermediate level language module (or its equivalent) in Sanskrit is a prerequisite for admission to the Year Abroad.

Year 1
Core Modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Sanskrit Language 1 155901303 1 Unit Full Year
South Asian Culture 155900812 1 Unit Full Year
for BA South Asian Studies (4 years):

- an introductory module (or half modules to the value of one unit) from List B OR a further introductory module from List A - AND another introductory module (or half modules to the value of one unit) from List B OR an approved module in another department ("open option")

for BA South Asian Studies and... (4 years):

Two units in the other subject.

Year 2
Core Modules
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Sanskrit Language 2 155901304 1 Unit Full Year
Compulsory Modules

- one approved unit in Sanskrit or Prakrit

for BA South Asian Studies (4 years):

- a further module from List A or List C - AND a further module from List C OR an approved module in another department ("open option")

for BA South Asian Studies and... (4 years):

Two units in the other subject.

Year 3

Students will spend the whole academic year in India, where they are expected to attend an intensive Sanskrit language course at an appointed institution and are required to sit local examinations.

Year 4
Core Module

- one approved unit in Sanskrit

Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Independent Study Project in South Asian Studies 155900955 1 Unit Full Year
for BA South Asian Studies (4 years):

- a further language module from List A at intermediate or advanced level OR a module from List C - AND a further module from List C OR an approved module in another department ("open option")

for BA South Asian Studies and... (4 years):

Two units in the other subject.

List of optional modules

For details of modules on Lists A, B and C, refer to the "Structure" section of the BA South Asian Studies (4 years) full or half degrees, as appropriate.

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Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Students on the Sanskrit Pathway will spend their third year at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in Pune, India.  More information on the Institute can be found at The American Institute of Indian Studies web siteStudents must pass their second year overall and their core language module to progress to the Year Abroad.  Modules run from September to April with students receiving approximately 18-20 hours of instruction per week, including one-to-one personal tutorials.  Towards the end of the programme, students are required to complete an Independent Study Project of approximately 3,000-3,500 words in Sanskrit on a subject of their choice.  This must be successfully completed to continue to Year 4.

Information on living costs can be found on the AIIS website by clicking on the 'Estimated Expenditure' tab.

Fees and funding

Employment

As a student specialising in South Asia and Sanskrit, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of South Asia.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Studying at SOAS is an absolute joy as well as an enriching experience. I am being taught by two of the most inspirational teachers I have ever met and they challenge me to ‘unpack’ and think more deeply about the issues that I am enthusiastic about.

Bobby Danial

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