SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The department offers the broadest range of teaching in the UK and Europe on the languages, literatures and cultures of the principal countries of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The degree is centred on language study, but includes a wide range of options which allow the student to study South Asia through several different disciplines including social anthropology, art and archaeology, cinema, economics, geography, history, law, literature, music, politics and religion. The breadth of the School's expertise on South Asia makes BA South Asian Studies unique in the UK university system.

Course Modules

All years: Modules include: South Asian culture; cinema and society in South Asia; South Asian literature in English; independent study project in South Asian studies; Bengali language; Hindi language; Nepali language; Sanskrit language; Urdu language; basic Pali; Gujarati language; Sinhala language; Tamil language; introduction to Prakrit; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; introduction to Jainism; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; legal systems of Asia and Africa; cinema and society in South Asia; imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender; society, culture and politics in Nepal; South Asian literature in English; extended essay in South Asian studies; law and society in South Asia; law, multiculturalism and intercultural human rights; government and politics of South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; body, power and society in early India; culture and identity in modern South Asia 1800'2000; histories of partition: India and Pakistan 1947; Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64 ; body, power and society in Early India; religion, state and society in Mughal North India; traditional art and modern South Asia; art and ritual in Buddhist South Asia; Hindu art in Medieval India; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; music in the cultures of South Asia; Indian classical music; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; ethnography of a selected region (South Asia); economic development of South Asia.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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The course is well organised and is running smoothly 78%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 84%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 91%

£21,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

74% Go on to work and/or study

In work 43
Studying 27
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 15
Unknown 11

20% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 59%

Total Coursework: 30%

Total Practical: 11%

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