SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

BA South East Asian Studies and ...

3 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: No
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview, though many applications are assessed on the basis of the UCAS forms alone.
A Levels:
While a foreign language at A-level will be useful we strongly encourage students with less traditional backgrounds to apply or to discuss their application with the department.
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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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Programme Code: See 'May be Combined with ..'

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

BA South East Asian Studies (Combined Honours) is a three-year programme that strikes an exciting balance between the study of a South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai or Vietnamese), the cultures of the region and a second subject in another discipline. 

Competence in a South East Asian language is developed as a tool for exploring the culture for which a spoken language is a vehicle. This degree is ideal for students who do not seek the intensive engagement with language demanded by the four-year degrees, but who desire a working knowledge of the language to enhance their engagement with the diversity of South East Asian culture.


Key Information Set Data

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* Taught at King's College, London

Key Information Set data

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Year 1
Core Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
South East Asia on Film 155901318 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Compulsory Modules

A SEA language module at an approved level (Burmese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese). Typically level 1 of the language chosen.

Other Subject

Students should follow the syllabus of the second subject.

Year 2
Core Modules

You must take both modules below.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Cultural Studies of Island South East Asia 155907002 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Compulsory Module

30 credits of an SEA language OR modules to the value of 30 credits from List A.

Other Subject

Students should follow the syllabus of the second subject.

Year 3
Compulsory Modules

You must select the half module (15 credits) below and a further half module (15 credits) from List A.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Extended Essay in South East Asian Studies 155901307 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Optional Module

30 credits of an SEA language, modules to the value of 30 credits from List A or List C or an open option.

Other Subject

Students should follow the syllabus of the second subject.

List of Approved Courses
List A
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Orientalism on Screen 155901413 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
List C

Please check any pre-requisites

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Music and Religion in South East Asia 155800080 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia 154900148 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Southeast Asia in the Modern Imagination: Art, Visuality, Exchange 154900194 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Undoing Asia: Artistic Perspectives from the 20th and 21th Centuries 154900191 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Arts of SouthEast Asia 154900200 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Southeast Asian government and politics 153400022 1 UnitFull Year
Gender, Art and Visual Culture: Explorations in the Representation of Southeast Asia 154900181 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
The `Historical` Buddha: Explorations in Southeast Asian Arts 154900180 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
H253 Islam in Southeast Asia, 1760s-1960s 154800212 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
H254 Indigenous Warfare & Society in Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1300-1830 154800240 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
H353 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (I) 154800252 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

There is no year abroad requirement on this programme.  If you are interested in taking a year abroad in South East Asia as part of your degree, then please look at the named language degrees and the BA South East Asian Studies (including year abroad).

Teaching & Learning

Course Information

Introductory and intermediate courses in a South East Asian language use a wide variety of learning experiences and techniques. Most other modules are taught by formal lecture and with related tutorials. Assessment is by a combination of written examination and coursework.

Special Features

The School's teaching is backed up by the South East Asia collection within the SOAS library, one of the world's major collections of information in the field of South East Asian studies. The South East Asia collection now contains over 6500 books and pamphlets and 550 periodical titles as well as substantial collections of microfilms and manuscripts.

Pre Entry Reading

Suggestions for preliminary reading
  • Baker, C. and Pasuk Phongpaichit. 2009.  A history of Thailand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cornwel-Smith, P. 2005. Very Thai. Bangkok: River Books.
  • Hellwig, T. and Tagliacozzo, E. (eds). 2009. The Indonesia reader: history, culture, politics. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Mulder, N. 2000. Inside Thai society: religion, everyday life, change. Chiangmai: Silkworm Books.
  • Owen, N. (ed.). 2005. The emergence of modern Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii.
  • Ricklefs, M.C., Lockhart, B. Lau, A. Reyes, P. and Maitrii Aung-Thwin. 2010. A new history of South East Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Robson, S.O. 2004. Welcome to Indonesian, a beginner's survey of the language. Boston: Tuttle.
  • Taylor, J.G. 2003. Indonesia: peoples and histories. New Haven:Yale University Press.
  • Vickers, A. 2005. A history of modern Indonesia. New York:Cambridge University Press.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

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

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

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


As a graduate who specialised in the South East Asian region, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. 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.

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

Atkins Heritage
Burmese Refugee Project
Dept for Environment, Food and Rural affairs
Evergreen Energy
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
JP Morgan
Karenni Student Development Programme
LCC Children's Services

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Pepperdine University
Semporna Islands Project
Suzhou Education Bureau
Medical Defence Union
Xoom Corporation
Child in Need Institute

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

Senior Heritage Consultant
Project Manager
Policy Advisor
Country Director
Company Director

Professor of History
English Language Assistant
Learning and Development Officer
SVP Business Development
International Marketing Executive
Support Worker

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

One of the highlights of my course has been having the opportunity to study for one year at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. It was really daunting at first but there is no better way to learn a language than to totally immerse yourself in it and you learn all about the society and culture that you’re living in.

Nicholas Day


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