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MA South Asian Studies and Intensive Language (Turkish)

MA South Asian Studies and Intensive Language (Turkish)

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

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Turkish Languages Turkish (Ottoman) Studies Europe (Specific Countries) Studies Asian Studies

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Course Summary


The MA South Asian Studies and Intensive Language two-year programme (or part-time, 4-year) is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in South Asia. It provides students with exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions, with an opportunity for an intensive training in a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit) as well as studying a range of modules across the disciplines.

Knowledge of a South Asian language is not a pre-requisite for admission to this programme which is designed primarily for ab initio language study. Students with intermediate or advanced language levels are advised to contact the programme convenor before applying. If necessary, proficiency levels will be assessed.

This MA South Asian Studies programme includes a summer of intensive language which is currently only offered in India (students must note that SOAS cannot take responsibility for obtaining visas for travel to India). Students bear the costs of travel to and from India, as well as all living expenses (including accommodation) during the period of their stay.

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: some will have acquired an interest in South Asia during their undergraduate career or as a result of travelling in the region, while others will be keen to explore personal connections. The programme will also attract mature students: some may take the MA as a partial preparation for employment in the region; others, having lived in South Asia for a number of years, may seek to place their experience and impressions into a more structured, analytical framework.


The MA (discipline) and Intensive Language (Turkish) programme is a two-year language pathway, directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Turkey. The intensive training in Turkish language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Turkish.

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Turkish language over two years (including a period in Turkey). Access to the Turkish language pathway is currently available for students with the following level of proficency: beginner or post-beginner. Students’ proficiency levels will be assessed through a placement test during registration week (specific dates will be provided to the applicants).


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 introduces students to fundamental concepts and approaches in the study of the links between language and society . Using numerous examples, students will learn about the interplay of language with social factors such as class, gender, ethnicity and age, including how language varies and changes. The close parallels between this type of variation and the use of two or more languages (bi/multilingualism) will be drawn, including discussion of language attitudes, language planning and the maintenance of endangered languages, and language contact including code-switching and Pidgin and Creole languages. Students will also investigate how language is used in communication, discourse analysis, the relation of language to national and individual identity, and discuss the degree to which a society’s culture may manifest itself in its language and influence the world view of its speakers.

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Entry requirements

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