SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

MA South East Asian Studies

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

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in South East Asian Studies provides exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions.

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. However, all students on this programme are required to take a South East Asian language as one their modules.

Convenors

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.  All students on this programme are required to take a South East Asian language as one their modules. For students opting to take two language acquisition modules, only one of these can be at an introductory level.

Some disciplines such as politics, economics or social anthropology require an appropriate qualification (such as part of a first degree) if any of their modules are to be taken as the major subject.

Language Modules

Students must take 30 credits from the following list of SEA languages. A maximum of 30 credits only at beginners level.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 30 Full Year
Burmese Language and Texts (PG) 15PSEC046 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC043 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language and Texts (PG) 15PSEC051 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 30 Full Year
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 1
Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 15 Term 2
(En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 15 Term 2
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 2017/2018
Southeast Asia's Art Histories 15PARH087 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
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 2017/2018
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 15 Term 2
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Economics (Major only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Economics (Minor only)

Requires module convenor approval

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1 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 2017/2018
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
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 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Literature (no language requirement)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Urban/Rural Divide in South East Asian Literature 15PSEH012 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Music (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 1
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

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

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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 2017/18 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
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025

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

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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