BA Burmese (Myanmar) and...

Duration: Combined Honours - 3 years or 4 years (including a year abroad). Students can also take Burmese throughout their degree and spend their year abroad in Burma by taking the programme BA South East Asian Studies (including a year abroad).

Entry Requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AABBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB
  • Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Subjects Preferred: No

Interview Policy: Candidates with non-standard qualifications may be invited for an interview, though many applications are assessed on the basis of the UCAS forms alone.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Burmese is the national language and the language of the largest ethnic group (the ‘Burmans’) in Burma/Myanmar. Burmese is related to Tibetan and is an important language in the study of Theravada Buddhism as well as many other fields of cultural and social-scientific work.

Students find that the study of Burmese, as well as guaranteeing a warm welcome in a society that captivates most visitors to the country, enables them to view the culture in a more informed perspective.

The range of expertise in SOAS, not only in Burmese and South East Asian studies but also with regard to languages and literature of other regions is unique in UK institutions. Along with proven excellence in other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology, art and archaeology, and history, this offers students an unparalleled range of options in choosing their second subject of study.

The programme may be studied as a 3- or 4-year degree programme, with the option of a year abroad in Burma.

One of the most exciting aspects of the combined degree in Burmese at SOAS is the very rare opportunity to spend a year in Burma/Myanmar. The numbers of students taking up the Year Abroad option have been few in recent years, but those that have undertaken it have had wonderful experiences and the benefits for their proficiency in Burmese are obviously considerable. Students should expect to go to Burma alone or with one or two others at the most. The exact nature of the Year Abroad is tailor-made to suit the student and situation in the country at the time. The study is either with private tutors in Yangon, or may include tuition at the Yangon University of Foreign Languages, or a combination of both. The programme is flexible, though, and students with an interest or connections in another part of the country should get in touch to discuss their preferences.

The School’s teaching is backed up by the South East Asia collection within the SOAS library, one of the world’s major collections of information in the field of South East Asian studies. The South East Asia collection now contains over 6500 books and pamphlets and 550 periodical titles as well as substantial collections of microfilms and manuscripts.

Combinations

May be combined with

  • Development Studies, TLJ9 BA/DVSSEA
  • Economics, TLJC BA/ECSEA
  • Geography*, TLJR BA/GESEA
  • History, VTCJ BA/HSEA
  • History of Art/Archaeology, VTJ3 BA/HAASEAS
  • International Relations, LTF9 BA/IRB
  • Law, TMJC BA/LWSEA
  • Linguistics, TQJD BA/LGSEA
  • Music, WTHH BA/MSSEA
  • Politics, TLH2 BA/POLSEA
  • Social Anthropology, TLHP BA/SASEA
  • Study of Religions, VTPJ BA/SEASR

* Taught at King's College, London

Structure

Year 1: (3 or 4 Year Degree)

Core Module

  • Burmese Language 1 - 155900910 (30 credits) - Full Year

Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to South East Asia - 155901320 (15 credits) - Term 1
  • South East Asia on Film - 155901318 (15 credits) - Term 2

Other Subject

60 credits are taken in the second subject.

Year 2: (3 or 4 Year Degree)

Core Module

  • Burmese Language 2 - 155900997 (30 credits) - Full Year

Compulsory Module

  • Cultural Studies of Mainland South East Asia - 155907003 (15 credits) - Term 2

Compulsory Module

Choose a module to the value of 15 credits from List A.

Other Subject

60 credits are taken in the second subject.

Year 3: (3 Year Degree)

Core Module

  • Burmese Language and Texts - 155900998 (30 credits) - Full Year

Compulsory Modules

Choose modules from List A to the value of one unit.

Other Subject

2 units are taken in the second subject.

Year 3: (4 Year Degree)

Year abroad in SE Asia.

Year 4: (4 Year Degree)

Core Module

Burmese Language and Texts - 155900998 (30 credits) - Full Year

Compulsory Modules

Choose modules from List A to the value of 30 credits.

Other Subject

60 credits are taken in the second subject.

Year abroad

One of the most exciting aspects of the combined degree in Burmese at SOAS is the very rare opportunity to spend a year in Burma/Myanmar. Students lucky enough to take up the Year Abroad option have had wonderful experiences and the benefits for their proficiency in Burmese are considerable. Students should expect to go to Burma alone or with one or two others at the most and will be largely responsible for their own living and travel arrangements. The exact nature of the Year Abroad is tailor-made to suit the student and situation in the country at the time. Language study will likely include both tuitions with known private tutors in Yangon, and one or two full-time intensive modules at a private language school in Yangon. Students may combine their study with an internship or with a volunteer post, arranged in consultation with the Burmese programme convenor to suit individual interests.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 5, 2019
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