SOAS University of London

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

BA Vietnamese and...

3 years or 4 years (including year abroad). Students can also take Vietnamese throughout their degree and spend a year in Vietnam by taking the programme BA South East Asian Studies (including year abroad).

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2018/19 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

2018 Entry requirements

  • 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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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Vietnam claims an unbroken history of at least 4000 years, though an earlier part is recorded in myth, legend and archaeological evidence rather than in, and has maintained intact its own linguistic and cultural identity as a nation to the present day despite a millennium of Chinese rule, although there is no written record of the language prior to the 11th century AD. With the ending of Chinese rule in the early part of the 10th century AD, Vietnamese culture developed independently. While literary forms based on Chinese models survived, and continued to be much practised and admired, indigenous forms were added, making the literature of Vietnam one of the richest in the region. 

In the 17th century, Christian missionaries devised a romanised script which eventually displaced the older character-based writing completely. With the arrival of French colonial rule in the 19th century, the Vietnamese encountered Western civilisation for the 1st time; an encounter which added yet another dimension to Vietnamese civilisation and literature. The wars which ravaged Vietnam after 1940 produced an immense wealth of prose, poetry and song, as yet undiscovered by the outside world. 

SOAS has the highest percentage of research-active academics in the field of Asian Studies of any British university. The range of research interests, expertise and resources in SOAS, not only in Vietnamese and South East Asian Studies, but also with regard to the languages and literatures of other regions, religious studies, anthropology, history, art and archaeology is unique in UK institutions and this gives you an unparalleled choice in choosing a second subject of study.


Key Information Set Data

Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with:

Students wishing to combine this subject with Management Studies should contact the Head of Department or Undergraduate Tutor for information.  See Department Staff page for contact details.

Key Information Set data

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Year 1: 3 & 4 Year Degree
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Vietnamese Language 1 155900704 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules

Students must complete the following modules:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to South East Asia 155901320 15 Term 1
South East Asia on Film 155901318 15 Term 2
Other Subject

The remaining credits are taken in the other subject or as open options depending on the requirements of the other subject.

Year 2: 3 & 4 Year Degree
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Vietnamese Language 2 155900705 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia 155907003 15 Term 1
Compulsory Module

Choose a 15 credit module from List A.

Other Subject

The remaining credits are taken in the other subject or as open options depending on the requirements of the other subject.

Year 3: 3 Year Degree
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Vietnamese Language and Texts 155901049 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List A

Other Subject

The remaining credits are taken in the other subject or as open options depending on the requirements of the other subject.

Year 3: 4 Year Degree

Students spend their 3rd year abroad in Vietnam before returning to SOAS to sit examinations in the modules below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in South East Asian Studies (Year Abroad) 155901244 30 Full Year
Year 4: 4 Year Degree
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Vietnamese Literature 155901113 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Compulsory Modules

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List A

Other Subject

The remaining credits are taken in the other subject or as open options depending on the requirements of the other subject.

List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Vietnam on Screen 155907004 15 Term 2
Thailand on Screen (post '97) 155901317 15 Term 2
Orientalism on Screen 155901413 15 Term 2
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
Indonesia on Screen 155901354 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asian Literatures in Translation 155901316 15 Term 1
The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures 155901326 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Cultural Studies of Island South East Asia 155907002 15 Term 2
English Literatures of South East Asia 155901410 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia 155907001 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition 155901312 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
List A (Final Year only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Extended Essay in South East Asian Studies 155901307 15 Term 1

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Students on their Vietnamese Year Abroad have the option of spending their year at either Vietnam National University in Hanoi, or the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.

Students are required to take the following classes:

  • Vietnamese Language 1
  • Vietnamese Language 2: Texts
  • Vietnamese History and Culture

In order to proceed to Year 3, students will be assessed by two written exams and one oral exam at SOAS in September. Students are also required to submit an Independent Study Project (ISP) to their teachers at SOAS, consisting of 10,000 words on a subject relating to Vietnamese language or culture and should involve speaking to Vietnamese informants and consulting Vietnamese written materials. The proposed topic and procedure for collecting data should be emailed to teachers by the end of November, and the completed ISP submitted before the exams in September.  

Students should budget to spend around £500 per month on accommodation and food.

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.

Language teaching is mostly in small tutorial groups; tapes and language laboratory facilities are available for formal teaching and self-study. Non-language modules are taught by lecture and seminar. Students are assessed by a combination of written examination (and oral for language modules) and coursework, including essays and translations.

Pre Entry Reading

  • D. Healy Studies on Vietnamese language and literature in South East Asian languages and literatures, edited by E. Ulrich Kratz. London:Tauris, 1996
  • Nguyen Du The tale of Kieu (translated and annotated by Huynh Sanh Thong) Yale UP, 1983
  • N. Jamieson Understanding Vietnam Berkeley 1993
  • Huynh Sanh Thong The heritage of Vietnamese Poetry Yale UP, 1979

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

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


As a graduate who specialised in Vietnamese, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

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. Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Vietnamese may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page.

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

A Student's Perspective

Not only does SOAS offer a first class education with top scholars in the field, it also offers a great professional and social network. Upon graduation, my professional career path was wide opened. The SOAS experience has taught me to be a specialist in different fields, not only politics, but also development, gender and migration, and good governance.

Dinita Setyawati


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