SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

BA South Asian Studies and… (4 years)

duration:
4 Years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 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

2017 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
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  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Employment
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Overview

Programme Code: See "Combinations"

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

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 training in a discipline that will also include modules focusing on your area of choice. In Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit and Urdu (‘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 offer a more limited range of language modules in Tamil, Sinhala, Gujarati and Punjabi, subject to a minimum number of students. You will also be able to choose from a range of 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 and… (4 years) transforms your interest in South Asia into a serious degree, combining extensive knowledge in the area, solid linguistic skills, training in a discipline, and a host of much-valued transferrable 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.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

* Combined with named language pathways only.
** Taught at King's College, London

Key Information Set data

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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.

Language Pathways Available

Students take the equivalent of 120 credits each year, with at least 150 credits of completed modules in the first subject and 120 credits in the second subject. The third Year Abroad counts as 120 credits.

Key Information

The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

Year 1
Core Module
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
South Asian Culture 155900812 1 UnitFull 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.

Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in their other subject.

Year 2
Core Language Module

Students choose a continuation of the South Asian language pathway chosen in Year 1 PLUS

Compulsory Module

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

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Readings in Contemporary Hindi 155901185 1 UnitFull Year
Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 1 UnitFull Year
Selected Texts from the Sanskrit Epic 155900787 1 UnitFull Year
Optional Module

Depending on the requirements of the other subject, students take 60 credits in their other subject OR 30 credits in the other subject and a further 30 credits from List A or C.

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.

Optional Module

Students can do an Independent Study Project (below) OR 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).

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Independent Study Project in South Asian Studies 155900955 1 UnitFull Year
Other Subject

Students take 60 credits in their other subject.

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 Unit value Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 155900491 1 UnitFull Year
Hindi Language 1 155900501 1 UnitFull Year
Nepali Language I 155900535 1 UnitFull Year
Sanskrit Language 1 155901303 1 UnitFull Year
Urdu Language 1 155900512 1 UnitFull Year
Basic Pali 158000200 1 UnitFull Year
Introduction to Prakrit 155901323 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary Written Persian 155901053 1 UnitFull Year
Intermediate level
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Bengali Language 2 155900492 1 UnitFull Year
Hindi Language 2 155901183 1 UnitFull Year
Nepali Language 2 155900609 1 UnitFull Year
Sanskrit Language 2 155901304 1 UnitFull Year
Urdu Language 2 155900513 1 UnitFull Year
Urdu Literacy 155901247 1 UnitFull Year
Intermediate Pali 158000124 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Prakrit 155901324 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Advanced level
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Bengali) 155901298 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Hindi Language 3 155901269 1 UnitFull Year
Hindi Language 4 155901384 1 UnitFull Year
Literature & Colonialism in North India 155901295 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature 155901296 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Hindi) 155901299 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Nepali Language 3 155901283 1 UnitFull Year
Directed Readings in South Asian Literature or Culture (Nepali) 155901300 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Sanskrit Texts on Yoga 155901408 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Classical Sanskrit Court Literature I 155900860 1 UnitFull Year
Selected Texts from the Sanskrit Epic 155900787 1 UnitFull Year
Vedic Sanskrit 158000128 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in Sanskrit 155901302 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Directed Readings in a South Asian Literature or Culture (Urdu) 155901301 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
List B Introductory courses on aspects of South Asian History and Culture
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Introduction to Jainism 158000053 1 UnitFull Year
H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia 154800231 1 UnitFull Year
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia 154900156 0.5 UnitsTerm 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 convenor before selecting modules.

Centre for Film Studies
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Cinema and Society in South Asia: History and Social Context 155906000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Cinema and Society in South Asia: Key Issues 155906001 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Society, Culture and Politics in Nepal 155901305 1 UnitFull Year
South Asian Literature in English 155900927 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Extended Essay in South Asian Studies 155901101 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
School of Law
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Law and Society in South Asia 155200032 1 UnitFull Year
Law, Multiculturalism and Rights 155200064 1 UnitFull Year
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 1 UnitFull Year
Department of History
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
H234 Culture and Identity in Modern South Asia 1800-2000 154800264 1 UnitFull Year
H335 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800103 1 UnitFull Year
H437 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (II) 154800283 1 UnitFull Year
H434 Religion, State And Society In Mughal North India I 154800238 1.0 - Not Running 2017/18
Department of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Traditional Art and Modern South Asia 154900161 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Hindu Art in Medieval India 154900162 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Non-Violence in Jain Literature, Philosophy and Law 158000054 1 UnitFull Year
Department of Economics
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Economic development of South Asia 153400011 1 UnitFull Year

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Year 3 is spent attending an intensive language module in India, Nepal or Bangladesh, with plenty of opportunities to volunteer for local NGOs (valuable work experience) and planning and collecting material for the Independent Study Project in year 4.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

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

Employment

As a student specialising in the languages and cultures of 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.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of South Asia, or to make comparative study with other areas. South Asian Studies may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page. 

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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