SOAS University of London

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

BA Tibetan and ...

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

2018 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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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.

In the third year students take subject based reading modules in Tibetan (such as historical documents or Buddhist literature) and have the option of engaging in independent research.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

Students must take both modules listed below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Tibetan 155903000 30 Full Year
Classical Tibetan 155901275 30 Full Year
Other Subject

The remaining 60 credits to be taken from the second subject.

Year 2
Compulsory Module

Students must take the compulsory module below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cultural History of Tibet 155901327 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module

Students must choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the modules below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intermediate Modern Tibetan 155901290 30 Full Year
Intermediate Classical Tibetan 155901289 30 Full Year
Other Subject

The remaining 60 credits to be taken from the second subject.

Year 3
Compulsory Module

You must choose the module not taken in Year 2 in this final year of your programme.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intermediate Modern Tibetan 155901290 30 Full Year
Intermediate Classical Tibetan 155901289 30 Full Year
Optional Modules

Choose 30 credits from the list of modules below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Tibetan Historical and Biographical Literature 155901156 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Pre-Classical Tibetan 155901157 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Tibetan Buddhist Texts from Central Asia 158000134
Tibetan Buddhism 158000050 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Extended essay in Tibetan language and culture (a) 155901369 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Extended essay in Tibetan language and culture (b) 155901370 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Independent Study in Tibetan Language and Literature 155901342 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Independent Study Project in Tibetan Language and Literature (using language sources) 155901355 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Other Subject

The remaining 60 credits to be taken from the second subject.

Programme Specification


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

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


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

When I heard about SOAS I immediately knew it was the school for me. An institution like SOAS is the ideal platform for students who want to learn a language and gain insight into a culture. It is also a leading school in Tibetan studies.

Beatriz Cifuentes


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