SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of South Asia

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The dissertation is a core component of all Masters programmes at SOAS. The supervised dissertation research requires the ability to work independently on an original piece of research, to demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature and present the resulting dissertation in a clear and organised format.

The research and writing of the Masters dissertation is a crucial component of Research-based Masters training. 

The dissertation has a 10,000 word limit and counts for 33% of the overall degree. For details on presentation and submission dates, see the Postgraduate Taught Masters Handbook.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, student should have:

  • The ability to apply their subject knowledge and methodology to a specific problem in their area of specialism;
  • The skills required to pursue independent research in an academic context;
  • The ability to present their work to different audiences in a clear professional form.


Total of 8 hours contact throughout the year consisting of up of 3 hours individual supervision and 5 hours of seminars.

Method of assessment

Dissertation Outline to be submitted on day 1, week 7 of term 2, students present main supervisor with a 2,000-word outline consisting of title, introduction, detailed main body, conclusion and bibliography (10%); Dissertation Final Submission of 10,000 words, to be submitted in September following final year of study (exact date determined by School).


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