MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan

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Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours or equivalent.

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Do you want to enhance your understanding of the cultural, political and economic history of Pakistan? The MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan provides a comprehensive and critical approach to Pakistan: its complex and vibrant culture, politics, economics, law, religious history and current trends. SOAS hosts one of the biggest concentration of research and teaching staff who specialise in Pakistan related topics. You will have an opportunity to interact and work closely with them. The Programme of Study will introduce you to the latest research topics, methods and debates in the field. It will prepare you to critically assess the diverse complexities of one of the most reported on countries in the world.

Optional language training is available for those who aspire to a research degree.

The degree is enhanced by the activities of a Research Centre dedicated to the Study of Pakistan. The Centre is part of the wider South Asian research cluster at SOAS.


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules 30 credits are core and 90 credits are from a list of approved optional modules.

The core module Imagining Pakistan: culture, politics, gender - 15PSAC313, will introduce the main topics, approaches and possible lines of enquiry for a cultural history of Pakistan from 1947 to the present.

Students will choose 90 credits from a list of options that includes modules on modern Muslim thinkers and Contemporary Islamism in South Asia, Law and Society in South Asia, Urdu language, and Urdu literature in Pakistan.

Students will also write a 10,000-word dissertation on the Study of Contemporary Pakistan, applying and developing the knowledge acquired in the core modules to an independent topic of research.

Core Course

Optional Courses

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia

  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Literacy (PG) 15PSAC302 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Department of Politics and International Studies

  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 (15credits) Term 2
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15credits) Term 2

Department of History

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

  • Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 (30 credits) Full Year

School of Law

  • Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 (30 credits) Full Year

Department of the Study of Religions

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

Department of Development Studies

  • Borders and Development 15PDSH023 (15credits) Term 2
  • Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Political economy of violence, conflict and development 15PDSC003 (30 credits) Full Year

Centre for Gender Studies

  • Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 (15credits) Term 2

10,000-word Dissertation

  • Dissertation in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan 15PSAC998 (60 credits) Full Year
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