SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

BA International Management and South East Asian Studies (3 years) (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Interested in a career in business or banking with a specific focus in South East Asia? Then BA International Management and South East Asian Studies could be the perfect fit for you. In this programme you will gain a strong grounding in management science including modules in accounting, finance, managerial economics, marketing, corporate governance, research methods and international business strategy. While we also offer specialist modules that draw on SOAS's expert knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the region, as well as optional language modules.

After the first year students can choose whether to pursue language learning further, or to focus exclusively on non-language modules related to South East Asia. Introductory language modules taught in Year 1 assume no previous knowledge of the chosen language. These modules focus on all four linguistic skills – understanding, speaking, reading and writing.

Students who find they wish to concentrate more fully on South East Asian languages are encouraged to apply for or transfer to one of the four-year programmes in South East Asian language, which include a year abroad of intensive language-learning in the third year.


  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia
  • as the economies of South East Asia continue to expand, knowledge of the language and culture will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
  • we expertly apply theoretical concepts to real issues facing businesses and other organisations that operate in South East Asia
  • we are specialists in the delivery of language courses. Given the importance of at least some language competence when doing business in the region, all students will have the opportunity to study Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a new language

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Visit our South East Asia page to find out more.

Programme Code: TN3C BA/SEASIM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • Applicants without A-level Maths (or equivalent) must have a minimum of Grade B (grade 6 in the new structure) in GCSE Maths
A Levels:
35 (665 at HL)

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

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (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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Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2020/21 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



Students take 120 credits each year composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.

Core modules: These are mandatory and must be passed in the year they are taken before the student can progress to the next year.

Compulsory modules: These are mandatory but in the case of a failure, students may carry this into their next year provided that they retake and pass the failed element or exam.

Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to South and South East Asia 152900122 15 Term 1
  • Please choose one of the following modules:
Module Code Credits Term
Management in China: domestic and international developments 151030003 30 Full Year
Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments 151030023 30 Full Year
Principles of Management 151030026 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
  • Please choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to accounting 151030001 15 Term 1
Principles and management of marketing 151030004 15 Term 1
Financial Accounting 1 151030002 15 Term 2
Quantitative and analytical techniques for managers 151030005 15 Term 2
  • PLUS 30 credits of a South East Asian language at a suitable level (Burmese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai). This should typically be level 1 of the language chosen.
Year 2
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 15 Term 1
Cultural Studies of Island South East Asia 155907002 15 Term 2
Compulsory Modules
  • Choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below:
Module Code Credits Term
Corporate finance and financial accounting 151030006 15 Term 2
Management Accounting 2 151030007 15 Term 1
International business strategy 151030008 15 Term 1
Managerial economics 151030009 15 Term 1
Qualitative and case study research 151030011 15 Term 2
International marketing 1: the environment 151030010 15 Term 2
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 151030027 30 Full Year
  • PLUS a continuation of year 1 SEA language or modules to the value of 30 credits from List A or C.
Year 3
Module Code Credits Term
Independent study project in international management 151030016 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
  • Please choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
Module Code Credits Term
Financial strategy 151030012 15 Term 1
Finance in China 151030013 15 Term 2
Finance in Japan and Korea 151030021 15 Term 2
Contemporary issues in the Chinese economy 151030014 15 Term 1
Contemporary Issues in the Japanese and Korean Economies 151030020 15 Term 1
International marketing 2: global markets 151030015 15 Term 2
International human resource management 151030018 15 Term 1
Corporate governance 151030017 15 Term 2
  • PLUS a continuation of year 2 SEA language or modules to the value of 30 credits from list A.
  • PLUS 30 credits from List A, C or an open option.

List A: South East Asian Language Modules

Module Code Credits Term
Burmese Language 1 A 155906070 15 Term 1
Burmese Language 1 B 155906071 15 Term 2
Indonesian Language 1 A 155906066 15 Term 1
Indonesian Language 1 B 155906067 15 Term 2
Thai Language 1 A 155906072 15 Term 1
Thai Language 1 B 155906073 15 Term 2
Vietnamese Language 1 A 155906068 15 Term 1
Vietnamese Language 1 B 155906069 15 Term 2
Burmese Language 2 155900997 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 155901022 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 155901367 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 155900705 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 155901024 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Literature 155901113 30 Full Year

List B: South East Asian Non-Language Modules

Module Code Credits Term
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 15 Term 1
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 2
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 1
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 15 Term 2
Independent Study Project in South East Asian Studies 155901243 30 Full Year

List C: South East Asian Related Modules

Module Code Credits Term
Introduction to Translation Theory 152900113 15 Term 1
Language, Society and Communication 152900083 15 Term 1

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which 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.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is on the page for each module.

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually one hour a week of each. Sometimes, one follows the other in a two-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.

Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.

Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and advanced level modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion. Advanced level modules, which are usually taught in one two-hour bloc, often take this format.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

These can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It too involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £18,630
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £9,320
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2020-04-30 15:00

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


Studying BA International Management and South East Asian Studies will provide students with a firm grasp of international management disciplines.

Skills gained include:

  • a coherent and solid knowledge of management and finance, with direct reference to Asia
  • a broad knowledge and understanding of South East Asian culture
  • competence in speaking, reading and writing a South East Asian language to a level which will be of practical use
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
  • analytical skills
  • communication and presentation skills

Graduates from the Department have pursued successful careers in business, banking, consulting, media and other industries, especially in companies or organisations that operate in, or do business with Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia or Burma.

Find out more about Finance and Management Graduate Destinations.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Deloitte
  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • KPMG
  • Euro Monitor International
  • Santander
  • Investec
  • HM Treasury
  • Western Securities Co. Ltd
  • Nomura
  • UBS

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Business Relationship Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Executive
  • Management Consultant
  • Vice-President
  • Foreign Exchange Trading Business Manager
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Events Manager

A Student's Perspective

SOAS is truly a “one out of a million” compared to other universities across the world because of the unique courses it has to offer, attracting students from every continent.

Ayman Zaidi


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