The engagement of SOAS with Tibetan studies began before the School's founding. While in India, the school's future first director Sir E. Denison Ross (wiki/Edward_Denison_Ross), brought the work of Alexander Csoma de Kőrös (wiki/Sándor Kőrösi_Csoma) to worldwide attention and oversaw the publications of his works. De Kőrös is widely seen as the founder of Tibetan Studies as an academic discipline.
Several SOAS academics made significant contributions to Tibetan studies long before the systematic teaching of the Tibetan language began at the School. In particular, Walter Simon (wiki/Walter_Simon) and R. K. Sprigg (wiki/Richard_Keith_Sprigg) both worked in Tibetan Linguistics. The School has made many of their works available for free download.
SOAS became the first institution of higher education in the United Kingdom to offer Tibetan, when David Snellgrove joined SOAS in 1950 (for an interview see www.alanmacfarlane.com.../snellgrove.htm). SOAS boasts among its alumni many of the most prominent scholars in Tibetan Studies. This historic leadership in Tibetan studies continues today with a variety of programmes, staff, events, and resources.
- MA Buddhist Studies
- MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia
- MA Religions of Asia and Africa
- Research degrees in Tibetan Studies (MPhil/PhD) may be pursued in the Departments of China & Inner Asia, History of Art & Archaeology, Linguistics, and Study of Religions
- Tibetan at the SOAS Language Centre