SOAS University of London

Facts and figures


The Institute delivers interdisciplinary research seminars; organises high profile lecture events; and facilitates symposiums and lectures on current affairs.

Many members of the SOAS South Asia Institute are leading on major externally funded research projects, notably:


  • The two year MA Intensive South Asian Studies offers comprehensive language-based training across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Students on the programme take four taught courses at SOAS during their first year, of which a course at an appropriate level in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu and the course ‘The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia’ are core.  In addition to the two core courses, students must choose courses to the value of 90 credits from the list of options advertised for the MA South Asian Area Studies. 
  • The MSc Contemporary India Studies degree offers a critical, cutting edge study of present day India. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach and provides analytical training. Students have the opportunity to choose to study contemporary India topics, issues and challenges in the following subjects: anthropology, cinema, culture, development studies, history, law, literature, politics, study of religions and languages.
  • MA Global Diplomacy: South Asia (Online Learning) deepens your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on South Asia & Afghanistan. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in South Asia.


Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process
Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process

Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process is the 26th issue of Conciliation Resources’ Accord series. It f ocuses on the progress of inclusion and the function of power in Nepal’s peace process, and how peace and political negotiations in various forms and forums have tried to support transition from negative to positive peace. 


Book launch of Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton (Penguin 2017)
Book launch of Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton (Penguin 2017)

There are over 2.5 million practitioners of yoga in Britain alone, but surprisingly little knowledge of yoga’s roots amongst its practitioners. Full of postures and breathing practices, but also tales of extreme devotion and imagination, Roots of Yoga is a first stop for anyone curious to learn more than they are told at their yoga class, and an indispensable resource for serious yoga practitioners and teachers.

The SOAS South Asia Institute‘s blog hosts pieces by SOAS academic staff, students, visiting scholars, alumni and invited guests on events in South Asia as well as SOAS research on the region. It is a moderated site which is intended to provide information and a forum for debate on the on-going political, economic, social and cultural transformations in South Asia.

South Asia Notes