• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The MA Religions of Asia and Africa from SOAS University of London typically suits students falling into one of the following three categories:

  • students planning to pursue further research, which may involve at a subsequent stage the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education;
  • students willing to pursue a career or professional activity, for which advanced knowledge of the religions of Asia and Africa and of the theoretical and practical issues involved in their study is essential: arts, media, teaching, NGOs and charities, interfaith dialogue, consultancy for governmental agencies or the private sector, religious institutions, museums, and more;
  • students who wish to pursue the academic study of religions as a complement to their personal experience and commitments: religious ministers and clerics from all confessions, believers, yoga and meditation practitioners, or anyone interested in specific religious traditions or in religion as an essential dimension of life, and in the critical and experiential enhancement that their academic study may offer.

The MA Religions of Asia and Africa at SOAS offers the premier postgraduate curriculum in the UK for the study of the religions of Asia and Africa. It covers a wider range of religious traditions than most comparable programmes, whether in the UK or abroad: Buddhism in nearly all its doctrinal and regional varieties, Asian and African Christianities, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism, Zoroastrianism as well as the local religious cultures of Asia and Africa.

The programme is strongly interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse, offering advanced learning in theories and methods in the study of religion as well as in historical, anthropological, philosophical, sociological and textual approaches to the study of particular religious traditions. It ensures students can benefit from the unique opportunity to tap cutting-edge academic expertise and library facilities on Asian and African religions as part of a spirited, cosmopolitan student community and within the intense religious and cultural scene of London.

Career

An MA in Religions of Asia and Africa from SOAS equips students with important knowledge and understanding of different cultures, history and beliefs across the regions of Asia and Africa. As well as subject expertise, students develop a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional careers in the private and public sectors as well as essential skills necessary to pursue further research. 

These include: the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources - often both in the original or other relevant languages; analytical skills to assess critically the materials relevant to a specific issue; written and oral communication skills to present, discuss and debate opinions and conclusions; and problem solving skills. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Buddhism in Tibet 
  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia 
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers
  • Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period
  • Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      2 or 3 calendar years

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Normally, minimum upper second class Honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification or equivalent standard. 
  • Applicants with qualifications obtained at private or religious institutions should enquire about the School’s position on such qualifications.
  • Interview Policy: We welcome applications from students with non-conventional qualifications and usually determine suitability for the programme on the basis of an interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9685 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9685 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part Time 2 Years:

  • UK/EU Students: £4,843
  • Overseas: £9,965
Part Time 3 Years:
  • UK/EU Students: £3,228
  • Overseas: £6,643

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • CSJR Postgraduate Student Bursary
  • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
  • Felix Scholarships
  • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
  • Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award
  • SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship
  • SOAS Master's Scholarships
  • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
  • Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships
  • Tibawi Trust Award

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