This programme provides students with exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world's most diverse and important regions, with an opportunity to pick and choose to intensively study from a variety of South East Asian language options. Language module options include: Burmese, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese.
Students on the programme come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some come into the programme having acquired an interest in South East Asia during their undergraduate career or as a result of travelling in the region.
The programme also attracts mature students: some take the MA as a partial preparation for employment in the region; others, having lived in South East Asia for a number of years, seek to place their experience and impressions into a more structured, analytical framework.
Knowledge of a South East Asian language is not a pre-requisite for admission to this programme.
Overview duration: Two years (full-time) Four years (part-time)
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Who should take this course
The MA South East Asian Studies & Intensive Language is offered for four languages: Burmese, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai . For each of these, there are two pathways: Beginners and Intermediate.
Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.
In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline.
Please note that on all Area Studies degrees, including South East Asian Studies:
- A maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one subject area
- Aminimum of three subject areas must be covered.
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