SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

MA Intensive South Asian Studies

duration:
Two Years Full 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

2018 Entry requirements

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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 120 credits at SOAS during their first year, of which a language module at an appropriate level in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu and the module ‘The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia’ are core.  In addition to the two core modules, students must choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list of options advertised for the MA South Asian Area Studies. The disciplines available include Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Cinema, Cultural and Regional Studies, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Music, Politics, and Study of Religions.

In their second year, students will undertake an extended period of study attached to a university or research institute in India, Pakistan or Nepal (the location depending on their choice of language), where they will further develop their language proficiency (worth 90 credits) and conduct research for an extended dissertation(worth 90 credits).  The second half of the second year will be taken up with the writing of the dissertation under close supervision back in London.

The programme is aimed at students pursuing careers in the academic world, business, government and the media that require a skill set which encompasses disciplinary rigour, comprehensive area knowledge and cultural and linguistic fluencies. No prior knowledge of a South Asian language is required but applicants should provide evidence of their language-learning ability.  The language element of the training will be tailored to meet the needs of students with existing language skills.

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MA Intensive South Asian Studies

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Structure

Students take The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - 15PSAC314 and a language module in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu in their first year, plus modules to the value of two full units (60 credits) from the list given below.  These modules should be chosen in close consultation with the programme convenor.

Students spend the first half of their second year studying at one of our partner institutions in South Asia (15PAIC002 - Period of Postgraduate Study in South Asia - worth 90 credits), before returning to work on their 20,000-word dissertation (15PAIC999 Extended dissertation in South Asian Studies - worth 90 credits).

All modules are subject to availability

Anthropology (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 30 Full Year
Cinema
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Contemporary Punjab: Society and Culture across Borders 15PAIC001 30 Full Year
Culture and Conflict in the Himalaya 15PSAC291 30 Full Year
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 30 Full Year
Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy 15PECC026 15 Term 1
Economic development of South Asia b) major sectors & the internationa 15PECC027 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia 15PHIH030 15 Term 2
Language [one language option as minor only]
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 30 Full Year
Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Contemporary Hindi (PG) 15PSAC305 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
Urdu Literacy (PG) 15PSAC302 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year
Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Literature 15PSAC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition 15PSAC014 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Raga: concept and practice (PG) 15PMUH020 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 15 Term 1
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 30 Full Year
Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi 15PSRC170 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 15 Term 1
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 15 Term 2
Issues in Religion and Media 15PSRH047 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 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

Lectures and Seminars

Most modules require students to attend two or three hours of classes each week. This time will be spent in lectures, seminars, tutorial discussions and student presentations: the exact mixture of activities varies somewhat from course to course. At Masters level there is a particular emphasis on students’ contributions and presentations, and students are also expected to read extensively and prepare for each class in advance.

Language modules typically involve more hours of contact time, especially at elementary level, and regular homework.

The assessment on most modules consists of two or three essay assignments and an unseen written examination, sat in April or May.  However, some modules are assessed purely on the basis of coursework, including essays and reaction papers.

Dissertation

A 20,000-word dissertation will be written by each student on this programme after his/her return from South Asia, for submission in September of the second year. The dissertation will be on an approved topic linked with one of the taught courses.

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.  The South Asia collection consists of approximately 88,000 volumes in English and other European languages and about 70,000 volumes in South Asian languages.

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. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-05 00:00

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

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