SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The course strikes an exciting balance between the study of a South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese) and the cultures of the region; competence in a South East Asian language is developed as a tool for exploring the culture for which a spoken language is a vehicle; the syllabus introduces its subject through the broad media of language, culture, literature and cinema with options also to gain knowledge of South East Asian history, politics, economics, linguistics, religious studies, music, art and archaeology, anthropology and others.

Course Modules

Culture and society of South East Asia; the Buddha image: theory, practice and the making of Buddhist art history; memory and the memorial: southeast Asia and its others; Buddhist and Hindu art of the maritime silk route; illustrated manuscript cultures of Southeast Asia; genders and sexualities in South East Asian film; (post) colonialism and otherness in South East Asia on screen; post'crisis Thai cinema (1997'2007); the economic development of South East Asia; economic dynamics of the Asia'pacific region.

Course Additional Entry

Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,215  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,985  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,608  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,993  Academic year. First year home fees