SOAS University of London

Department of the Study of Religions

MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation


Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

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Overview

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

FROM 2017-18

Select the equivalent of FIVE Modules comprising full (1.0 OR 30 credits) and half (0.5 OR 15 credits) Modules including the dissertation.

The thematic components and cross-regional perspectives typically suit students with the following interests and/or aspirations:

Experienced practitioners of yoga and meditation who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shaped their traditions.
Students with a background in psychology seeking to gain knowledge of meditation and mindfulness for their clinical work.
Students planning to pursue further research which may involve, at a subsequent stage, the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education.
Students seeking to pursue a career or professional activity for which advanced knowledge of the yoga and meditation traditions of Asia is required.
Students who wish to pursue the academic study of these traditions as a complement to their personal experience.

This MA offers an in-depth introduction to the yogic and meditational techniques and doctrines of India and Tibet within the historical and cultural context of their formation. Furthermore, it explores the nature of spiritual experience that arises from yoga and meditation through a cross-cultural, inter-regional perspective.

Full-time and Part-time Study is available.

The Modules run:

Monday evening: 18.00h to 20.00h
Wednesday lunch time: 13.00h to 15.00h
Thursday afternoon: 15.00h to 17.00h

The thematic, but inter-regional, focus of this MA programme promotes the academic study of the different traditions through the deployment of a wide range of regional perspectives. Its core unit explores the methodological foundations at the heart of yoga/meditation practice. The specialist components integrated within this MA are organised to serve as platform for further (MPhil/PhD) graduate research; the more general components of the programme provides those students who do not intend to pursue doctoral research with an advanced introduction to the physiological dynamics, doctrinal foundations, history, regional context and theoretical presuppositions that shaped the traditions of yoga and meditation. The programme thus offers students (a) advanced knowledge of the background to, and understanding of, yoga and meditation, from their origin in ancient India; (b) advanced skills in research and writing on topics that pertain to yoga/meditation, drawing on both primary sources (in translation) and secondary sources; (c) advanced skills in presentation and communication of their knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures.

The reading materials connected to all four courses of this MA programme are largely disseminated through online resources. Essay submission takes place either in hard copy or electronically.

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Structure

Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

  • The five modules required of this degree are listed below.
  • They are a combination of 0.5 unit (15 credits) and 1 unit (30 credits) taught modules and a dissertation (60 credits).
  • Up to 30 credits may be selected as a language module (most are taught in the (Faculty of Languages and Cultures)

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis:

The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits (or equivalent 15 credits) in the first year, and two 30 credits (or equivalent 15 credits) and the dissertation in the second year.

Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits evenly in each of the three years.  The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this be undertaken in the final year of the programme.  It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 30 Full Year
Dissertation in the traditions of Yoga and Meditation 15PSRC989 60 Full Year
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 30 Full Year
The Religions of Ancient India 15PSRH054 15 Term 1
Yoga and Meditation: Perspectives, Context and Methodologies 15PSRH046 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Students are required to follow taught units to the equivalent of four full modules and to submit a dissertation of 10,000 words. All modules in this MA are assessed through a combination of short and long essays. An overall percentage mark is awarded for each module, based on the marks awarded for individual assessment items within the module. The MA may be awarded at Distinction, Merit or Pass level in accordance with the common regulations for MA/MSc at SOAS.

The MA ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work. 

Programme Learning Outcomes
Knowledge
  • Students will learn how to assess data and evidence critically, locate and synthesise source materials, critically evaluate conflicting interpretations and sources, use research resources (library catalogues, journal databases, citation indices) and other traditional sources.
  • Subject specific skills, for instance, text analysis, comparative investigations, interpretation of art-historical evidence, familiarity with the study of the traditions of yoga and meditation as a field of critical enquiry in its various regional and historical contexts.
  • Aspects of literature in the study of yoga and meditation with its manifestations in philosophy, religion, iconography and history, as well as the impact of these traditions on religious societies.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence, and to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
  • Students will develop the capacity to discuss theoretical and epistemological issues in an articulate, informed, and intellectual manner.
  • Students will learn to become precise and critical in their assessment of scholarly arguments and to question interpretations, however authoritative, in order to reassess evidence for themselves.
  • Students will learn to present complex theoretical arguments clearly and creatively.
  • Students will acquire both theoretical and regional expertise in order to develop and apply self-reflexive approaches to the issues raised by the cross-cultural study of yoga and meditation traditions.
Subject-based practical skills

The programme aims to help students with the following practical skills:

  • Academic writing
  • IT-based information retrieval and processing
  • Presentational skills
  • Independent study skills and research techniques
  • Reflexive learning
Transferable skills

The programme will encourage students to:

  • Write concisely and with clarity.
  • Effectively structure and communicate ideas (oral and written).
  • Explore and assess a variety of sources for research purposes.
  • Work to deadlines and high academic standards.
  • Assess the validity and cogency of arguments.
  • Make judgements involving complex factors.
  • Develop self-reflexivity.
  • Develop an awareness of the ethical complexity of representational practices.
  • Question the nature of social and cultural constructs.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

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