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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Asian Art Art Religious Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This is the only history of art and archaeology degree in Europe focused on the great religious traditions of Asia. It includes within its scope diverse countries, regions and time periods from antiquity to the present, with a particular emphasis on Buddhism in South, Central and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea and Japan. Hinduism, Shinto and animistic and syncretic practices are also studied. Students consider iconography, ritual, faith and pilgrimage in their multiple regional and historical guises. They study temple buildings, statues and paintings, formal, informal and popular.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of Asia, many of whom are principally concerned with religious art. Their ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students working in other related fields, such as music and religion in Asia, historically and in the present. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the religions, languages, history and cultures of Asia.

A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Our Masters programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Different course options

Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This is a 10,000-word research project on a topic linked to the module chosen as a major. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period and is submitted in September. The dissertation provides an opportunity for further regional and/or temporal specialisation and research on a topic of direct interest to the student. It is normally expected that students make use of at least primary sources, textual and visual. The proximity to the school of many archive depositories, museums and galleries, enhances the potential for this type of dissertation work.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,685

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£19,930

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some modules it is an advantage for admission (see individual module descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the two ‘minor’ modules. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.

University information

SOAS University of London is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a taught or research degree. SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories. SOAS...more