SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

BA South Asian Studies (4 years)

duration:
4 Years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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 Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview, though many applications are assessed on the basis of the UCAS forms alone.
A Levels:
ABB
While a foreign language at A-level will be useful we strongly encourage students with less traditional backgrounds to apply or to discuss their application with the department.
IB:
33 (5/5/5)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AABBB

Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB

Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: T304

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

SOAS is the only University in the UK where you can study South Asian languages (Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit, Urdu) as part of your BA degree, and combine in-depth language learning with a broad range of modules related to the area. In all these languages (pathway languages) we offer language modules at beginner, intermediate and advanced level. We also offer modules that use the language skills you acquire to gain access to the present and past culture of South Asia through written and audio-visual texts. We occasionally offer Punjabi, subject to a minimum number of students. We also offer exciting modules on the culture and society of South Asia, including unique modules in cinema, literature, art, music, religion, history, politics, law, economics and anthropology. We offer the widest range of culture modules on South Asia, both at introductory and specialist levels.

Our BA South Asian Studies transforms your interest in South Asia into a serious degree, combining extensive knowledge in the area, solid linguistic skills, and a host of much-valued transferable skills. The career paths of our graduates include international development and aid agencies, print journalism and media, local, national and international government agencies, overseas companies, teaching, law, librarianship, arts administration.

As the economies of South Asia continue to expand, a knowledge of language and culture will be more and more of an asset in the world of commerce and international trade. Many of our graduates choose to pursue Masters’ programmes that either focus on particular aspects of South Asia, or are linked to professional qualifications in law, development, media, etc.

The four-year degree gives you the unique opportunity of spending the third year attending an intensive language programme in India, Nepal or Bangladesh and experiencing life and study in South Asia in what is a unique life experience.

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students must take 120 credits per year, 90 of which must be from the approved syllabus for their programme of study. Students can choose non-language modules from a range of approved South-Asia related modules from subject areas which include anthropology, art and archaeology, economics, film, geography, history, law, literature, music, politics and religion.

NB: not all modules are available every year - please check to see which modules are on offer.

Core modules must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
South Asian Culture 155900812 30 Full Year
Core Language Module

Students choose a South Asian Language pathway (Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit or Urdu). In Year 1 this is usually a level 1 module unless the student has prior language knowledge.

Optional Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List B OR List A.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List B OR an approved open option module in another department.

Year 2
Core Language Module

Students choose a continuation of the South Asian language pathway chosen in Year 1 and 30 credits from the below modules depending on their language pathway:

Compulsory Module

Students take one of the following modules depending on their chosen language pathway.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Readings in Contemporary Hindi 155901185 30 Full Year
Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 30 Full Year
Selected Texts from the Sanskrit Epic 155900787 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Optional Module

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List A or List C.

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List C or an approved open option module from another department.

Year 3

Students spend their 3rd Year abroad. See the Teaching & Learning tab for more details.

Year 4
Core Language Module

Students choose an advanced level of the South Asian language pathway chosen in Year 1.

Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Study Project in South Asian Studies 155900955 30 Full Year
Optional Module

A further language module from List A at an intermediate or advanced level OR a module from List C (choice may be restricted depending on the chosen language pathway).

Open Option

Choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List C or an approved open option module from another department.

List A South Asian Language Modules

The list below indicates the pathway along which students can progress as they do their South Asian language modules. Students may not take more than one language module at elementary level in any given year. Passing of the intermediate level module (or its equivalent) in Bengali OR Hindi OR Nepali OR Sanskrit OR Urdu is a pre¬requisite for admission to the Year Abroad.

Elementary level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 155900491 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 155900501 30 Full Year
Nepali Language I 155900535 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 155901303 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 155900512 30 Full Year
Basic Pali 158000200 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Introduction to Prakrit 155901323 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 30 Full Year
Intermediate level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 2 155900492 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 2 155901183 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 155900609 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 155901304 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 155900513 30 Full Year
Urdu Literacy 155901247 30 Full Year
Intermediate Pali 158000124 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Prakrit 155901324 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Advanced level
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Bengali) 155901298 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Hindi Language 3 155901269 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 4 155901384 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Literature & Colonialism in North India 155901295 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature 155901296 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Hindi) 155901299 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Nepali Language 3 155901283 30 Full Year
Directed Readings in South Asian Literature or Culture (Nepali) 155901300 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Sanskrit Texts on Yoga 155901408 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Classical Sanskrit Court Literature I 155900860 30 Full Year
Selected Texts from the Sanskrit Epic 155900787 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Vedic Sanskrit 158000128 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in Sanskrit 155901302 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Urdu) 155901301 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
List B Introductory modules on aspects of South Asian history and culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 15 Term 1
Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 15 Term 2
Introduction to Jainism 158000053 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia 154800231 30 Full Year
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 15 Term 1
List C Non-language-based South Asian and South Asian-related modules

Some modules require successful attendance of a relevant introductory module; students are advised to check the relevant module descriptions for prerequisites and consult the relevant module tutor before selecting units.

Centre for Film Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Imagining Pakistan: Culture, Politics, Gender 155906003 15 Term 2
Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 15 Term 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 15 Term 2
Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 30 Full Year
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 15 Term 1
Extended Essay in South Asian Studies 155901101 15 Term 1
School of Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 30 Full Year
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 30 Full Year
Department of History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H335 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800103 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H437 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (II) 154800283 30 Full Year
H434 Religion, State And Society In Mughal North India I 154800238 - Not Running 2017/18
Department of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Hindu Art in Medieval India 154900162 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Department of Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Music, Religion and Society in South Asia 155800086 15 Term 1
Classical singing in India: continuity and change 155800093 15 Term 2
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Theravada Buddhism 158000018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Non-Violence in Jain Literature, Philosophy and Law 158000054 30 Full Year
Department of Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of South Asia 153400011 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Year 3 is spent attending an intensive language module abroad, and gives you the unique opportunity of experiencing life and study in South Asia in what is a unique experience.  Please see the relevant language webpages for more information. 

There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer for local NGOs (valuable work experience) and plan and collect material for the Independent Study Project in year 4.

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). 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 (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). 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.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

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

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

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

Employment

As a student specialising in South 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 South 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 have had the chance to read the most up to date, often controversial and revealing perspectives on South Asia, presented by leading academics who will often actually be members of the South Asia Department Faculty itself. My choice to study at SOAS was the best decision I ever made; being a student here is an exciting and unique experience.

Mikaela Parrack

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