SOAS University of London

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

MA Pacific Asian Studies (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

The region known as "Pacific Asia" can be defined in various ways, but the "core" countries are China, Japan, Korea and the ASEAN nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines). Together, they make up one of the most diverse and important regions in the world.

SOAS has more expertise in this part of the world than any other institution in Western Europe; indeed there are very few places anywhere in the world that can boast the same range of expertise.

This degree is a way of bringing together the large number of modules on Pacific Asia currently on offer in SOAS Masters programmes for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, South East Asian Studies, and Korean Studies.

The modules chosen must cover all of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

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

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£10,170
Overseas fees:
£20,930

Fees for 2020/21 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

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. A maximum of 60 credits can be taken from one discipline and a minimum of three disciplines must be covered. For students opting to take two language acquisition modules, only one of these can be from an introductory level.  The modules chosen must cover all of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Pacific Asian Area Studies 15PSEC997 60 Full Year

Taught Component

A maximum of 60 credits can be taken from one discipline and a minimum of three disciplines must be covered. For students opting to take two language acquisition modules, only one of these can be from an introductory level. The modules chosen must cover all of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Core Modules

Students will take 30 credits from the major options in the list below

Compulsory Modules

Students will take 60 credits from the minor options in the list below

Guided Options

Students will take a final 30 credits from the list below

List of modules (subject to availability)

Anthropology
Module Code Credits Term
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 15 Term 2
Southeast Asia's Art Histories I 15PARH087 15 Term 1
Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 15 Term 2
Arts of Goryeo and Joseon Korea 15PARH059 15 Term 1
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 15 Term 1
Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 15 Term 2
Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 15 Term 1
Cinema
Module Code Credits Term
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (PG) 15PCHH001 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 15 Term 1
Economics
Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.
Module Code Credits Term
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 1
Economic Development Of The Asia Pacific Region 2 15PECC031
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 15 Term 1
History
Module Code Credits Term
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2
Gender and Empire in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
International Studies and Diplomacy
Module Code Credits Term
Language (one language option as a minor only)
Module Code Credits Term
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Chinese for Business (PG) 15PCHH027 15 Term 2
Chinese 5 (PG) 15PCHC020 15 Term 1
Korean 1 A (PG) 15PJKH037 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B (PG) 15PJKH038 15 Term 2
Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Korean 3 (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Japanese 3 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Japanese 4 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Japanese 5 (PG) 15PJKC012 30 Full Year
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
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year
Thai Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH024 15 Term 1
Thai Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH025 15 Term 2
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH020 15 Term 1
Vietnamese Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH021 15 Term 2
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 15 Term 1
Law (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 2
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Literature

Appropriate language skills are required.

Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.
Module Code Credits Term
Directed readings in Korean Studies B 15PJKH011 15 Term 2
Literature

No language requirement.

Module Code Credits Term
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 2
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Traditional Drama (PG) 15PEAH013 15 Term 1
Modern Japanese Literature (PG) 15PEAH012 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (PG) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
Directed readings in Korean Studies A 15PJKH010 15 Term 1
Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 2
Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.
Module Code Credits Term
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2
Politics
Module Code Credits Term
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2

 

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

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, or 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.
  • (for students of language) 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
  • (for students of language) 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 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
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Overseas
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£10,170 £20,930 £5,085 £10,460 £3,390 £6,975 £5,085 £10,460

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2020-01-31 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Ghana

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Japan

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Nigeria

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – South Korea

Application Deadline: 2020-05-31 00:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2020-02-20 15:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2020-06-05 15:00

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

Employment

As a student specialising in Pacific Asia, you will gain 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 and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of Pacific Asia.

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 in both business and 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.

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

A Student's Perspective

I always maintained my early interest in South East Asia and hoped to return to SOAS one day, in order to complete my studies. The opportunity to do this occurred when I retired. I am now studying for an MA in South East Asian Studies.

Magda Biran Taylor

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