MA Religions of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Religions of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London

MA Religions of Asia and Africa

Duration: Full-time: 1 calendar year Part-time: 2 or 3 calendar years. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry 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 inquire 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.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time

Who is this programme for?

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

It 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; 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 U.K. 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 U.K. 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.

Structure

  1. Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).
  2. Up to 90 credits modules must be selected from the religious pathways listed below.
  3. Up to 30 credits modules may be selected as a language module (most are taught in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures).

Note: Students wishing to take other SOAS modules relevant to their studies but taught outside the department may do so with the written approval of the tutor of the relevant module, the Department's MA Convenor and the Faculty's Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching.

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis:

The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits (or equivalent 15 credits) in the first year, and two 30 credits (or equivalent 15 credits) and the dissertation in the second year.

Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this is undertaken in the final year of the degree. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Buddhist Studies 15PSRC990 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Gender Studies and Religion 15PSRC992 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Indian Religions 15PSRC993 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Japanese Religions 15PSRC994 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in the Christianities of Asia and Africa 15PSRC991 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in the Study of Islam 15PSRC995 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in the Study of Religions 15PSRC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Buddhism

  • Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 (30 credits) Full Year
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 (15credits) Term 1
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 (15credits) Term 2
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Chinese Religions

  • Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 (15credits) Term 2
  • Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 (15credits) Term 2
  • Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi 15PSRC170 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Christianity

  • Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 (15credits) Term 2
  • Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Eastern Christian Texts On Martyrs and Monks 15PSRC054 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 (30 credits) Full Year

East Asian Religions

  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Gender and Religions

  • Judaism and Gender 15PSRH029 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Indian Religions

  • Avestan I 15PSRC033 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 - Not Running 2017/18

Islam

  • Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi 15PSRC170 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Muslim Thinkers of South Asia 15PSRC169 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities 15PSRC158 (30 credits) Full Year

Jainism

  • Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Non-Violence in Jain Scriptures, Philosophy and Law 15PSRC062 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Japanese Religions

  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Judaism

  • Family, Work and Leisure in Ancient Judaism 15PSRH027 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Jewishness on Screen 15PSRH044 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Judaism and Gender 15PSRH029 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman Period 15PSRC072 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art 15PSRH028 (15credits) Term 1

Multi-religious/comparative courses

  • Death and Religion 15PSRC162 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Mystical Traditions 15PSRC068 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Myth and Mythmaking 15PSRC164 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Mysticism

  • Mystical Traditions 15PSRC068 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Religion in Africa

  • Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 (15credits) Term 2

Theoretical Approaches

  • Myth and Mythmaking 15PSRC164 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Zoroastrianism

  • Avestan I 15PSRC033 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pahlavi Language 15PSRC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 - Not Running 2017/18

Courses taught in other Departments

  • Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 (15credits) Term 1
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Last updated May 7, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Information
Deadline
June 30, 2018
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline June 30, 2018
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline June 30, 2018
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Price
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year