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MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Religious Studies Yoga (Personal Fitness) Yoga (Meditation)

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Course Summary


The MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation degree explores the origins and historical development of yoga and meditation in India and Tibet from ancient times to the modern world.

The Traditions of Yoga and Meditation postgraduate degree is attractive to students who:

  • are experienced practitioners of yoga and meditation who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shaped their traditions
  • have a background in psychology seeking to gain knowledge of meditation and mindfulness for their clinical work
  • are planning to pursue further research which may involve, at a subsequent stage, the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education
  • will pursue a career or professional activity for which advanced knowledge of the yoga and meditation traditions of Asia is required
  • seek the academic study of these traditions as a complement to their personal experience


In addition to an understanding of global faiths, histories and cultures, graduates from the Department of Religions and Philosophies develop the skills to analyse and communicate ideas in a clear, rational and comprehensive manner. These key proficiencies are valuable in many careers and are transferable to a wide range of sectors and roles.


This is a 10,000-word research project on a topic linked to the module chosen as a major in this MA. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period, and submitted in September. The dissertation provides an opportunity for individual research into a topic central to the traditions of yoga and meditation developed in South Asia, Tibet or East Asia. The School's proximity to several national repositories holding valuable source material on these traditions (eg., The British Library, British Museum), together with the presence of a number of prominent yoga/meditation centres in Central London as venues of fieldwork, greatly enhances the potential for dissertation research.

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We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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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