SOAS University of London

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

MA South East Asian Studies & Intensive Language (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
One year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time)

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 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

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

This programme provides students with exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions, with an opportunity to pick and choose to intensively study from a variety of South East Asian language options. Language module options include: Burmese, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese.

Students on the programme come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some come into the programme having acquired an interest in South East Asia during their undergraduate career or as a result of travelling in the region.

The programme also attracts mature students: some take the MA as a partial preparation for employment in the region; others, having lived in South East Asia for a number of years, seek to place their experience and impressions into a more structured, analytical framework.

Knowledge of a South East Asian language is not a pre-requisite for admission to this programme.

Convenors

Structure

The MA South East Asian Studies & Intensive Language is offered for four languages: Burmese, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai. For each of these, there are two pathways: Beginners and Intermediate.

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 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. 

Please note that on all Area Studies degrees, including South East Asian Studies:

  • a maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one subject area
  • a minimum of three subject areas must be covered.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

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

Module(s) from the list of Area Studies modules below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

30 credits in one of the following South East Asian languages:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH022 15 Term 1
Burmese Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH023 15 Term 2
Indonesian Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH018 15 Term 1
Indonesian Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH019 15 Term 2
Thai Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH024 15 Term 1
Thai Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH025 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 Availability
Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054 15 Term 1
Intercultural communication research in action 15PLIH055 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Summer Abroad

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

Year 2 (two years full-time)
Discipline Component

Module(s) from the list of Area Studies modules below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

30 credits in the relevant language:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
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 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in South East Asian Area Studies 15PSEC998 60 Full Year
Two Years Language Intermediate
Discipline Component

Module(s) from the list of Area Studies modules below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

30 credits in one of the following South East Asian languages:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year
Plus
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054 15 Term 1
Intercultural communication research in action 15PLIH055 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Summer Abroad

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

Year 2 (two years full-time)
Language Component

30 credits in the relevant language:

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

Choice of module depending on ability.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Thai

Choice of module depending on ability.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Thai 4 (PG) 15PSEC044 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Vietnamese
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Vietnamese Language and Texts (PG) 15PSEC051 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in South East Asian Area Studies 15PSEC998 60 Full Year
List of Area Studies modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 15 Term 2
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
(En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Monuments and sculpture of Angkor 15PARH071 15 Term 1
Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 15 Term 1
Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Southeast Asia's Art Histories 15PARH087 15 Term 1
Cinema
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 15 Term 2
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Economics (Major only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Economics (Minor only)

Requires module convenor approval

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 1
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
International Studies and Diplomacy
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 15 Term 2
Law (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 1
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Literature (appropriate language skills required)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters) 15PSEH006 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 15 Term 1
Literature (no language requirement)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Urban/Rural Divide in South East Asian Literature 15PSEH012 15 Term 1
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 2
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 15 Term 1
Music (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year

 

This is the structure for applicants

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

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transferrable 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.

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

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
Scholarships
Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in South East Asian studies from SOAS provides its students with 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.

Postgraduate students are equipped with linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research, along with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in
many professional and management careers in business, public or charity sectors. 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. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

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

American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
BBC Worldwide Japan Ltd
BOND
British Embassy
Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank
DesaKota Productions
Education First
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Institut de Recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine
Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)
National Archives of Japan
NBC News
NHS
Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA)
Singapore Press Holdings
The Finacial Times
The Japan Foundation
The New York Times
TIME Magazine
Vietnam Holding

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

Programme Editor
Training and event Officer
HM Ambassador
Director - Senior Credit Analyst
Head Of Product Management
Political Attache
Writer/Photographer
Travel Consultant
Teacher
Desk Officer
Project Manager
Grants, Trusts & Major Donor Fundraiser
Archival Specialist
Associate Consultant
Regional Research Coordinator
Vietnam Correspondent
Senior Lecturer

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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