Master of Arts (MA) in Area studies in United Kingdom

Find MA Degrees in Area studies in United Kingdom 2019

Area studies

A Master of Arts or MA is a graduate degree typically earned after a program of study of the fine arts, humanities, social sciences or other, similar concentrations. These programs tend to last one to two years.

Area studies fields vary by institution, but courses are commonly broken down by specific countries or regions on their given continents. For example, North American studies may be divided into sub-categories such as American studies in Britain, Canadian studies, and Appalachian studies.

 

Education in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter with each of the countries of the United Kingdom having separate systems under different governments: the UK Government is responsible for England, and the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive are responsible for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, respectively.

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MA in London and Global Cities

London South Bank University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This exciting Masters course prepares you to understand, research, manage, plan and coordinate the continued growth of cities worldwide. [+]

Cities and especially global(ising) cities are set to see their economic, cultural and environmental roles gain greater significance in the next decade or so. Many forums and coalitions recognize the importance of understanding, researching, managing, planning and coordinating the continued growth of cities worldwide.

London is already home to over 8 million people. Can it continue to provide a ready stream of quality housing for its inhabitants? To what extent do London's regenerated spaces meet the needs of London’s businesses and population? If these questions excite and intrigue you then this Masters-level course will be an excellent fit for you.

6 reasons to study here Located in the heart of central London: We use our distinctive location to investigate the societal challenges and processes facing global and globalizing cities in the 21st century. Taught by experienced academics and practitioners: Taught by staff with track records in research and relevant publications. Guest and visiting lecturers from professional practice supplement teaching throughout the course. Site visits and live projects: One day and half-day site visits to exciting live projects - the practical focus is complemented by theoretical understanding. Residential field study visit: Opportunity to participate in residential field study trips and site visits in Europe – at no additional charge to you. Set the direction: Elective modules provide flexibility to explore issues relating to either planning, housing or tourism within an urban context of a globalizing city. Global perspective: Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global... [-]

MA Global Diplomacy: MENA (Online Learning)

SOAS University of London
Online Part time 2 years April 2019 United Kingdom London

This course is for those engaged in or embarking on a career in diplomatic or related fields in the Middle East & North Africa requiring international expertise in government, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments. [+]

MA Global Diplomacy: MENA (Online Learning)

Duration: 2 years

Entry Requirements: A minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). We welcome applications from academically strong individuals from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. Candidates with a lower class degree but with degree-relevant work experience may be considered.

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online

Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on the Middle East & North Africa. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in the Middle East & North Africa.... [-]


MA African Studies (Literature Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literature in Africa. [+]

MA African Studies (Literature Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literature in Africa. The programme is unique in the way it encourages exploration of relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories. The module ‘Theories and Techniques of Comparative Literature’ provides theoretical and methodological skills while the programme’s other units focus on specific areas such as literature in African languages and contemporary African literature in English.... [-]


MA Comparative Literature (Africa / Asia)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This expertise is available to students interested in studying these literatures through English - including both original English language literatures of Africa and Asia and literature written in African and Asian languages presented through English translations. [+]

MA Comparative Literature (Africa / Asia)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time

The opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well-known worlds of African and Asian literature is what attracts most students to this popular MA.

At SOAS, students benefit from the unique expertise in this vast field possessed by the school’s faculty.... [-]


MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

On this programme students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities. [+]

MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa

Duration: One year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

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.... [-]


MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This two-year programme combines the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Japanese or Korean. [+]

MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia and Intensive Language

Duration: Two years (full-time). Four years (part-time, daytime only)

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. The Japanese pathway offers beginner and intermediate entry levels. For further information please see the webpage for the [MA....and Intensive Language Japanese] in the pages of the Japan and Korea department. The Korean pathway is designed for beginner learners of Korean.... [-]


MA History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East and Intensive Arabic

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

MA History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East and Intensive Arabic

Duration: Two years (full-time), four years (part-time)

Minimum 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.

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of the Islamic Middle East, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of the 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, Film and Media in the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. They can also select from courses in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of the Middle East.... [-]


MA in Gender Studies with special reference to the Middle East

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 34 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA Gender with special reference to the Middle East is our newest pathway degree yet and is introduced at a time when SOAS is celebrating its 100 years anniversary. Its main goal is to re-focus discussions related to gender and sexuality to the unique and rich region of the Middle East. [+]

MA in Gender Studies with special reference to the Middle East

Duration: One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: Minimum Upper Second-class (2.1) honors degree (or equivalent). Overseas students may be asked to provide evidence of meeting English language requirements. Relevant professional and activist experience will be taken into account.

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The pathway caters for students who would like to obtain a critical lens to the current issues and debates within the study of gender in the Middle East and will appeal to both students who are interested in the relevant academic discussions and those who are interested in political and activist dimensions.... [-]


MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

MA in the Study of Contemporary Pakistan

Not running 2018-19

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.... [-]


MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The programme suits anyone interested in the literary cultures of Korea, as well as students of literature with no prior knowledge of Korean literature who are looking for new areas of inquiry. Incoming students will be expected to have completed at least the equivalent of two years of undergraduate Korean language study. [+]

MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA Korean Studies (Literature Pathway) aims to:

provide extensive, critical knowledge of pre-modern and modern Korean literary traditions; develop advanced competency in reading and understanding literary works in Korean, and literary translation skills into English; develop advanced skills in research, analysis, and critical method in the study of Korean literature, with consideration to socio-historical context and comparative approaches; serve as a foundation for students who wish to pursue further research or work in the fields of literary translation, writing and publishing. ... [-]

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary approaches. [+]

MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Duration: One calendar year (full-time), or two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Start of programme: September intake only.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

The MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies provides exceptional opportunities for studying this diverse and fascinating area at the postgraduate level through a variety of disciplinary approaches. The main emphasis of the programme is on the modern period through the modules in history, geography, politics, economics and anthropology. Some exposure is provided, however, to the pre-modern culture and society of the area through modules in religious studies, Islamic art and archaeology, and history. Modules based on Arabic are offered for those with an adequate knowledge of the language, while modules in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish are available for those who wish to acquire or develop skills in these languages.... [-]


MA Taiwan Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The SOAS MA programme in Taiwan Studies is the first postgraduate degree focussing on contemporary Taiwan in the English speaking world. It provides an unrivalled programme of advanced interdisciplinary courses on Taiwan’s politics, society and culture, film, rights and law, and languages. [+]

MA Taiwan Studies

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time daytime only)

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The SOAS MA programme in Taiwan Studies is the first postgraduate degree focussing on contemporary Taiwan in the English speaking world. It provides an unrivalled programme of advanced interdisciplinary courses on Taiwan’s politics, society and culture, film, rights and law, and languages. SOAS is the world’s leading centre for the study of Taiwan. Each year its Centre of Taiwan Studies runs a very vibrant series of academic events, film screenings, concerts and conferences that are designed to create a unique environment for the study of Taiwan.... [-]


MA Muslim Minorities in a Global Context (Online Learning)

SOAS University of London
Online Full time 2 years April 2019 United Kingdom London

This new programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts. You will explore key themes such as ethnicity, gender, and the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities. [+]

Overview

Duration: 2 years

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online

What are the challenges faced by Muslim minority communities and their host societies? What are the debates surrounding the place of religious minorities in secular societies?

Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies. This programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts.

You will explore the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities and the key themes of:... [-]


MA Global Diplomacy: South Asia (Online Learning)

SOAS University of London
Online Full time 2 years April 2019 United Kingdom London

Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on South Asia & Afghanistan. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in South Asia. [+]

Overview

Duration: 2 years

Start of programme: April / October

Mode of Attendance: Online

Deepen your understanding of international affairs and contemporary diplomatic practice with a regional focus on South Asia & Afghanistan. This programme will give you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the practice of international diplomacy, broadly conceived, and its applications in South Asia.

Research is a key component of this programme upon completion will give students the skills to:

think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about international studies, diplomacy, and political economy in South Asia develop and practice the ability to see – and to comment on – the strengths and the weaknesses of others’ ideas and arguments. ... [-]

MA Arts of Asia and Africa

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme draws upon the strength of the School of Arts as a centre for the study of the art, music and media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their global diasporas. Students select courses from across the school, developing a cross-discipline understanding of the arts, broadly conceived. They have the option of specialising in a particular interdisciplinary field, such as popular music and film in the Middle East; art, archaeology and music of the Silk Road; or music, media and development in Africa. [+]

MA Arts of Asia and Africa

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 School of Arts 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.... [-]