SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

BA Tibetan and ... (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2018

Tibetan can be taken as a three year two-subject degree.

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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

Entry requirements

  • No prior knowledge of the language is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited
A Levels:
A Level Language preferred
33 (5/5/5)

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

Scottish Highers: AABBB

Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB

Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (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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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

SOAS is one of the few higher education institutions to offer an undergraduate degree in Tibetan, and the programme is unique in that one can combine Tibetan with the Study of Religions, Social Anthropology, History of Art/Archaeology or Development Studies. The BA Tibetan is only available as a two-subject degree. All students on the programme are required to obtain an elementary knowledge of both modern and classical Tibetan. In later years they can choose to focus exclusively on either the modern or the classical language and culture.


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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.

This taught programme is made up of modules in Tibetan language, Tibetan culture and history. Modules in the first two years focus on language acquisition.

There is an option of a Year Abroad in the third year.

In the forth year students take subject based reading modules in Tibetan (such as historical documents or Buddhist literature) and have the option of engaging in independent research.

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Tibetan (Classical) 1 A 155906076 15 Term 1
Tibetan (Classical) 1 B 155906077 15 Term 2
Tibetan (Modern) 1 A 155906024 15 Term 1
Tibetan (Modern) 1 B 155906025 15 Term 2
Other Subject

60 credits to be taken from the second subject.

Year 2
Core Module

Choose one of the following modules.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Tibetan (Classical) 2 155901289 30 Full Year
Tibetan (Modern) 2 155901290 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Core Modules

Choose 30 credits from the following.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cultural History of Tibet 155903018 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Imagining Tibet 155903019 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Tibetan Buddhism 158000050 15 Term 1
Other Subject

60 credits to be taken from the second subject.

Year 3

Year Abroad worth 120 credits. The year abroad is optional but is strongly recommended for students on the BA Tibetan & programme.

Year 4
Core Module

Students must choose the module from below that was not taken in Year 2.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Tibetan (Classical) 2 155901289 30 Full Year
Tibetan (Modern) 2 155901290 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Optional Modules

Choose 30 credits from the list of modules below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Tibetan (Classical) 3: Historical and Biographical Literature 155901156 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Tibetan (Pre-Classical) 3 155901157 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Extended essay in Tibetan language and culture (a) 155901369 15 Term 1
Extended essay in Tibetan language and culture (b) 155901370 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Independent Study in Tibetan Language and Literature 155901342 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Independent Study Project in Tibetan Language and Literature (using language sources) 155901355 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese 1 A 155906022 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B 155906023 15 Term 2
Other Subject

60 credits to be taken from the second subject.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

The Tibetan Year Abroad is currently under review, with plans for students to spend an academic year in a Tibetan speaking location. 

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 60, 45, 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are taught over one term or the full year. It also shows which modules are compulsory and which are optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding


As a graduate who specialised in China and Inner Asia, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

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, both in business and in 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.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of Tibet, or to make comparative study with other areas. Tibetan may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines.  For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page.

A large number of our graduates find work in which they are able to use their language skills, either in Britain or in East Asia. Recent graduates are currently located in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, as well as in various countries of Europe. They work in management research, medicine, English teaching, import/export, stockbroking, large trading companies, libraries, television and newspaper journalism, international law, management consultancy, fashion, film production, art galleries and museums, and merchant banking. Some of them have gone on to do higher degrees and have found or are aiming to end up in academic jobs.

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

A Student's Perspective

You might not be able to find a department dedicated to your major... However, because SOAS has many courses that are interdisciplinary, you also might be able to find courses of your interests. For example, for SOAS does not have a dedicated philosophy department, I, a philosophy major, looked for courses in other departments that cover philosophical discourses. My experience here of studying Buddhism and Taoism was highly inspiring.

Dong-Kyung Lee, Korea University


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