We offer the opportunity to study a wider range of religious and philosophical traditions in more depth than at any other UK higher education institution. With our highly diversified expertise, our comprehensive resources, and our interdisciplinary approach we offer a unique learning and research environment for a truly inter-cultural approach to systems of belief and thought in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Explore our postgraduate options below:
Offers an intensive programme of text-reading and language-learning for those who already have a good knowledge of the Akkadian language – usually at least two years’ experience – as well as those who are starting the language for the first time.
Suits students with different academic backgrounds and prospective personal objectives, from those interested in broadening their knowledge of Buddhism as a whole or of specific Buddhist traditions to those intending to embark on language-based research or fieldwork among Buddhist communities.
This MA programme studies many aspects of the world of Islam, from its early development to its modern trends. Its primary objective is to approach the study of Islam through a variety of disciplines, cultural contexts and periods.
Offers an opportunity to examine these questions and issues at an advanced level by studying the complex relationships between religion and politics in the histories and contemporary political contexts (both national and international) of the regions of the Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with a country in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course will enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.
This degree explores the origins and historical development of yoga and meditation in India and Tibet, from ancient times to the modern world.
The programme is highly interdisciplinary and offers a flexible combination of module choices including law, history, international relations, and diplomacy.
The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide variety of religious traditions and comparative and interdisciplinary topics.