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International Management and South East Asian Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #346 (QS) London, United Kingdom
Interested in a career in business or banking with a specific focus in South East Asia? Then the International Management and South East Asian Studies programme offered by SOAS University of London could be the perfect fit for you.  
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In the International Management and South East Asian Studies programme offered by SOAS University of London you will gain a strong grounding in management science including modules in accounting, finance, managerial economics, marketing, corporate governance, research methods and international business strategy. While we also offer specialist modules that draw on SOAS's expert knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the region, as well as optional language modules.

After the first year students can choose whether to pursue language learning further, or to focus exclusively on non-language modules related to South East Asia. Introductory language modules taught in Year 1 assume no previous knowledge of the chosen language. These modules focus on all four linguistic skills – understanding, speaking, reading and writing.

Students who find they wish to concentrate more fully on South East Asian languages are encouraged to apply for or transfer to one of the four-year programmes in South East Asian language, which include a year abroad of intensive language-learning in the third year.


  • SOAS is unique as the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia
  • as the economies of South East Asia continue to expand, knowledge of the language and culture will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
  • we expertly apply theoretical concepts to real issues facing businesses and other organisations that operate in South East Asia
  • we are specialists in the delivery of language courses. Given the importance of at least some language competence when doing business in the region, all students will have the opportunity to study Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a new language


Studying BA International Management and South East Asian Studies will provide students with a firm grasp of international management disciplines.

Skills gained include:

  • a coherent and solid knowledge of management and finance, with direct reference to Asia
  • a broad knowledge and understanding of South East Asian culture
  • competence in speaking, reading and writing a South East Asian language to a level which will be of practical use
  • the ability to think laterally and employ critical reasoning
  • analytical skills
  • communication and presentation skills

Graduates from the Department have pursued successful careers in business, banking, consulting, media and other industries, especially in companies or organisations that operate in, or do business with Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia or Burma.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    UK and EU applicants should aim to send in their application by the main closing date of 15 January.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to South East Asia
  • South East Asia on Film
  • Management in China: domestic and international developments
  • Introduction to accounting
  • Understanding company accounts and reports
  • Quantitative and analytical techniques for managers
  • Principles and management of marketing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • GCSE Maths B (grade 6 in the new structure)
  • IB: 35 (665 at HL)

Alternative entry requirements

  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18630 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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  • Undergraduate Research Awards
  • Undergraduate SOAS Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Undergraduate SOAS Global Leadership Scholarship

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