SOAS University of London

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

MA... and Intensive Language (South East Asian Language) (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

  • Combinations
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning

Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA... combined degree with Intensive Language (South East Asian Language) has a two-year language pathway. This MA programme is directed at students who want to engage with South East Asia in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language module would enable them to reach a good level of proficiency in one of the four languages: Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese. The summer between the first and second year of study is spent in the region following an intensive language module.

In the two-year pathway, students can take intensive South East Asian language with either MA South East Asian Studies, MA History, MA Anthropology of Food, MA Anthropological Research Methods, MA Migration and Diaspora Studies, MA Social Anthropology.

See South East Asia Department

! Note: Thai and Burmese languages are NOT RUNNING in 2021/22.

Combine South East Asian Language with a discipline

Choose from Anthropology, History or Linguistics. See 'Combinations' tab for details.

Why study Intensive South East Asian Language at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in the UK
  • Ranked 8th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021 for South Asian Studies
  • SOAS is specialist in the studies of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia
  • access SOAS’s comprehensive cross-regional expertise and gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of these regions in an increasingly globalised world.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September 2018

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
2 year pathway: full time (2 years) or part time (4 years)

Convenors

Combinations

May be combined with:

Anthropology

History

Linguistics

Structure

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.

Languages

There are 2 languages available: 

  • Indonesian
  • Vietnamese

For each of these, there are two pathways: Beginners and Intermediate. Please see 'Programme specification' below to download the PDF pathways specifications of the four-year part-time version of the programme.

Unfortunately Thai and Burmese languages are NOT running in 2021/22.

Discipline

For information on the discipline parts of the programme see Postgraduate programmes by subject

Programme

Two Years Beginner
Year 1 (two years full time)
SEA Language Component

30 credits of SEA language at appropriate level.

Module Code Credits Term
Indonesian Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH018 15 Term 1
Indonesian Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH019 15 Term 2
Vietnamese Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH020 15 Term 1
Vietnamese Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH021 15 Term 2
Plus
Module Code Credits Term
Language, Society and Communication (Masters) 15PLIH004 15 Term 1
Discipline Component

Students take a total of 75 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
SEA Language Component

30 credits of SEA language at appropriate level.

Module Code Credits Term
Burmese Language and Texts (PG) 15PSEC046 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language and Texts (PG) 15PSEC051 30 Credits
Discipline Component

Students take a total of 75 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

Two Years Intermediate
Year 1 (two years full time)
SEA Language Component

30 credits of SEA language at appropriate level.

Module Code Credits Term
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year
Plus
Module Code Credits Term
Language, Society and Communication (Masters) 15PLIH004 15 Term 1
Discipline Component

Students take a total of 75 credits in the selected discipline.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
SEA Language Component

30 credits of SEA language at appropriate level.

Burmese
Module Code Credits Term
Burmese Language and Texts (PG) 15PSEC046 30 Full Year
Indonesian

Choice of module depending on ability.

Module Code Credits Term
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Thai

Choice of module depending on ability.

Module Code Credits Term
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese
Module Code Credits Term
Vietnamese Language and Texts (PG) 15PSEC051 30 Credits
Language, Society and Communication (Masters) 15PLIH004 15 Term 1
Discipline Component

Students take a total of 50 credits in the selected discipline.

Dissertation

Students complete a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

 

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

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge
  • How to locate and evaluate data from a variety of sources.
  • Knowledge of aspects of the region, such as its history, politics, economics, arts, religions etc.
  • Subject specific skills, such as an awareness of current critical thinking in a specific field, and the acquisition of language skills, intensive in the case of the 2-year MA.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Development of precision and caution in assessing evidence.
  • Development of critical awareness and independence of thought.
  • Sensitivity to the existence of non-Eurocentric views and an awareness of the limitations of purely Eurocentric interpretations.
  • Awareness of the value of a South East Asian language in understanding the culture of a specific country within the region.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Development of written communication skills
  • Development of oral communication skills
  • Development of research skills
  • Development of language skills
Transferable skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to access and assess information from both traditional and electronic sources
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to interact with native speakers of the language at an appropriate level.

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