SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

MA South Asian Studies and Intensive Language (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

duration:
Two Years Full Time

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 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

Entry requirements

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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Who is this programme for?:

Students on this new programme will come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some will come into the programme having acquired an interest in South Asia during their undergraduate career or as a result of travelling in the region while others will be keen to explore personal connections. The programme will also attract mature students: some may take the MA as a partial preparation for employment in the region; others, having lived in South Asia for a number of years, may seek to place their experience and impressions into a more structured, analytical framework.

The two-year programme is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in South Asia. It provides students with exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions, with an opportunity for an intensive training in a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit) as well as studying a range of modules across the disciplines.   

Knowledge of a South Asian language is not a pre-requisite for admission to this programme which is designed primarily for ab initio language study.  Students with intermediate or advanced language levels are advised to contact the programme convenor before applying. If necessary, proficiency levels will be assessed.

The programme includes a summer of intensive language which is currently only offered in India (students must note that SOAS cannot take responsibility for obtaining visas for travel to India).  Students bear the costs of travel to and from India, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

Students on this new programme will come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some will come into the programme having acquired an interest in South Asia during their undergraduate career or as a result of travelling in the region while others will be keen to explore personal connections. The programme will also attract mature students: some may take the MA as a partial preparation for employment in the region; others, having lived in South Asia for a number of years, may seek to place their experience and impressions into a more structured, analytical framework

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Convenors

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

In their first year, students take 60 credits of intensive language instruction in Hindi, Sanskrit or Urdu and 60 credits in the disciplines. These modules should be chosen in close consultation with the programme convenor. They also take - Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054.  Over the summer between year 1 and 2 students study at one of our partner institutions in India (Study Abroad module - worth 45 credits), before returning to take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also write their 10,000-word dissertation (15PSAC997 Dissertation in South Asian Studies - worth 60 credits).

All modules are subject to availability

Year 1

Taught Component
All students will take language modules in Hindi, Sanskrit or Urdu to the value of 30 credits from the list below

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Hindi Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH022 15 Term 1
Hindi Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH023 15 Term 2
Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 30 Full Year
Readings in Contemporary Hindi (PG) 15PSAC305 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH020 15 Term 1
Sanskrit Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH021 15 Term 2
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH026 15 Term 1
Urdu Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH027 15 Term 2
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
Language [one language option as minor only]
AND
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Language, Society and Communication (Masters) 15PLIH004 15 Term 1

AND Intensive Summer abroad study worth 45 credits. 

Students will take optional modules to the value of 60 from the list below (subject to availability)

Anthropology (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 30 Full Year
Arts of the Tamil Temple 15PARH067 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Cinema
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Conflict in Nepal 15PSAH017 15 Term 1
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Contemporary India: Issues, Methods and Approaches 15PAIC003 30 Full Year
Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Political Economy of Development and Change in South Asia 15PECC026 15 Term 1
Topics in the Political Economy of Contemporary South Asia 15PECC027 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia 15PHIH030 15 Term 1
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 2019/2020
Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year
Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Literature 15PSAC003 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Sanskrit Texts from the Hindu Tradition 15PSAC014 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 30 Full Year
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 15 Term 1
Study of Religions & Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 15 Term 1
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 30 Full Year
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 15 Term 2
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 30 Full Year

Year 2

Taught Component

All students will take language modules in Hindi, Sanskrit or Urdu to the value of 30 credits from the list above.

Students will take optional modules to the value of 60 from the list above (subject to availability)

AND
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in South Asian Area Studies 15PSAC997 60 Full Year

AND Intensive Summer abroad study worth 45 credits. 

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

The programme includes a summer of intensive language which is currently only offered in India (students must note that SOAS cannot take responsibility for obtaining visas for travel to India). Students bear the costs of travel to and from India, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

Two-year Masters programmes consist of 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation in the selected discipline.

The 215 credits taught at SOAS are 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, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Knowledge
  • How to assess data and evidence critically from printed and digital sources, solve problems of conflicting sources and interpretations, locate materials, use research sources (particularly research library catalogues) and other relevant traditional sources.
  • Subject specific skills, for instance familiarity with a South Asian language and the ability to read texts in that language, or advanced study of a South Asian literature in its original language.
  • Aspects of South Asian history, economics, political, management and legal systems, art and archaeology, literature, visual and popular culture, anthropology and music.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence.
  • Students should question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves
  • Apply language learning skills to new linguistic challenges, or to new oral or written texts.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers.
  • Participate constructively in the discussion of ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Work to strict deadlines.
  • Use and apply foreign language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Transferrable skills

The programme will encourage students to:

  • Write good essays and dissertations
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing
  • Understand unconventional ideas
  • Study a variety of written and digital materials, in libraries and research institutes of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates
  • Present (non – assessed) material orally
  • Communicate in a foreign language

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 2019/20 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
£9,685 £19,930
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-07 16:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

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

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