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About

The MA in Religions of Asia and Africa from SOAS University of London is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work.

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Overview

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

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

120 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5

Other requirements

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.

Part Time 2 Years:

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

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

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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