SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan

Not running 2017-18


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: Not running 2017-18

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Do you want to enhance your understanding of the cultural, political and economic history of Pakistan? The MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan provides a comprehensive and critical approach to Pakistan: its complex and vibrant culture, politics, economics, law, religious history and current trends. SOAS hosts one of the biggest concentration of research and teaching staff who specialise on Pakistan related topics. You will have an opportunity to interact and work closely with them. The Programme of Study will introduce you to the latest research topics, methods and debates in the field. It will prepare you to critically assess the diverse complexities of one of the most reported on countries in the world.

Optional language training is available for those who aspire to a research degree.  

The degree is enhanced by the activities of a Research Centre dedicated to the Study of Pakistan. The Centre is part of the wider South Asian research cluster at SOAS.

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Students are encouraged to join in the activities of the vibrant centre (http://www.soas.ac.uk/csp/), which runs fortnightly seminars and workshops, and an Annual Lecture.

MUSA

The Centre for Pakistan supports MUSA, recently launched, a postgraduate research forum for the study of Muslim South Asia.

Internships

Several summer internships are currently available to run alongside the MA degree.  Please contact the convenors or the SOAS careers office for details.

Convenors

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 take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules 30 credits are core and 90 credits are from a list of approved optional modules.

The core module Imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender - 15PSAC313, will introduce the main topics, approaches and possible lines of enquiry for a cultural history of Pakistan from 1947 to the present. 

Students will choose 90 credits from a list of options that includes modules on modern Muslim thinkers and Contemporary Islamism in South Asia, Law and Society in South Asia, Urdu language, and Urdu literature in Pakistan.

Students will also write a 10,000 word dissertation on the Study of Contemporary Pakistan, applying and developing the knowledge acquired in the core modules to an independent topic of research.

Core Course
Optional Courses
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
Urdu Literacy (PG) 15PSAC302 30 Full Year
Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 30 Full Year
Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Department of Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 15 Term 1
Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 15 Term 2
Department of History
Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
School of Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Department of the Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi 15PSRC170 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Department of Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 2
Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Political economy of violence, conflict and development 15PDSC003 30 Full Year
Centre for Gender Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gendering migration & diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
10,000 word Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan 15PSAC998 60 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
  • To acquire a broad analytical knowledge of political patterns and cultural development of Pakistan from independence to the current period, both in terms of general trends and of specific case-studies;
  • To engage critically with state nationalism and with the variety of formal and informal cultural production (literature, film, TV and other media, everyday life) in Pakistan;
  • To acquire in-depth knowledge of either history, religion, or post-colonial literature in Pakistan, and if desired to study a language of Pakistan.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students are introduced to a number of theoretical approaches to politics, cultural and literary studies, and to apply them to the study of phenomena and trends in Pakistan;
  • Students will be able to analyse cultural products from Pakistan in a systematic and creative way from a variety of perspectives, and research the data necessary for making literary and cultural judgements;
  • Students will learn to evaluate and apply independent research methods, to demonstrate originality in dealing with issues in literary and cultural studies, formulate and test interpretations in economics and politics, and to successfully conduct an advanced, and to conduct an independent research project for their dissertation.
Subject-based practical skills

The programme aims to help students with the following practical skills:

  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers.
  • Listen critically to, and discuss, ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
Transferrable skills

The programme will encourage students to:

  • Write good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Study a variety of written and digital materials, in libraries and research institutes of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.
  • Present material orally.

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
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

The MA prepares students for a wide range of career destinations. Graduates will benefit from interdisciplinary cultural and linguistic training that is widely sought after in the business and public sector. It is suited for those seeking employment as management consultants, policy advisers in Government and the Civil Service, Think Tanks, Charities, NGOs, as well as journalism and media related openings, more broadly in the culture industry, or for those who aspire to a Research degree.

  • Standard Chartered - International Bank
  • Bestway – Food Wholesaler
  • Gallager Heath - Insurance Broker
  • Citizen’s Foundation – Education Support in Pakistan Charity

A Student's Perspective

The course touched different topics and it opened my mind to diversified South Asian cultures, social issues and literature...

Xiaoyu Zhang (China)

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