SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

South East Asian Studies (including year abroad) is a single'subject degree taught over four years with a compulsory year abroad at a university in the country of specialisation. The degree involves the study of one South East Asian language (Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese), general course units on South East Asia taught within the department, and course units with a strong South East Asian focus taught in other departments in the school, allowing the student to gain a broad understanding of the region.

Course Modules

All years: Modules include: Introduction to South East Asia; South East Asia on film; language course; war, revolution and independence in South East Asian literatures in translation; the city and the countryside in South East Asian literatures; independent study project in South East Asian studies; Thailand on screen (post 97); Indonesia on screen; sex and the city in South East Asian film; cultural foundations of Indonesia; Indonesian literature: literature of the revolution, Jawi and the manuscript tradition; pre'modern historical texts of Java, Bali and the Malay world in English translation; traditional Malay literature; adventure romances in texts and film language in South East Asia; Thai cultural texts; introduction to the history of South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to Islam; Buddhism: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; world Christianities foundation; extended essay in South East Asian studies; ethnography of a selected region (South East Asia); popular and fusion music in South East Asia; music and religion in South East Asia; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; arts of the Buddha in South East Asia; contemporary arts in South East Asia; South East Asian government and politics; economic development of South East Asia.

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

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

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

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 49%

Total Coursework: 39%

Total Practical: 12%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation