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MA History and Intensive Language (South East Asian Language)

MA History and Intensive Language (South East Asian Language)

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 2 years | SEP-23

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

History Asia: Languages Historical / Comparative Linguistics

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Course Summary



The MA History and Intensive Language programme would suit students with a keen interest in learning about the historical conditions of the contemporary world, and in particular those who are prepared to look at the world from the perspective of other people and cultures.

While the course is open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal applicant would have an UG degree in History (or a related discipline), some knowledge of foreign, including Asian or African languages, and preferably some relevant background in the region of specialism.

Intensive Language (South East Asian Language):

This MA (discipline) combined degree with Intensive Language (South East Asian Language) has a two-year language pathway. This MA programme is directed at students who want to engage with South East Asia in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language module would enable them to reach a good level of proficiency in one of the four languages: Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese. The summer between the first and second year of study is spent in the region following an intensive language module.

In the two-year pathway, students can take intensive South East Asian language with either MA South East Asian Studies, MA History, MA Anthropology of Food, MA Anthropological Research Methods, MA Migration and Diaspora Studies, MA Social Anthropology.


Graduates of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with skills in written and oral communication, analysis and problem solving.


This module aims to encourage critical thinking about the writing of the history of Asia, Africa and the Middle East as defined by the crucial encounter with the West and by more recent approaches to the study of non-European pasts. Besides dealing with main historiographical themes the module also provides training in key research, interpretive and writing skills: the use of written, oral and visual sources, dissertation writing and an understanding of current uses and abuses of history in the media and public discourse both in the West and in the regions under consideration.

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We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

University information

At SOAS University of London, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and to think globally. SOAS is the leading higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, offering over a hundred postgraduate programmes, all taught by world-class specialists. The central London campus is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a...more

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