SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

This programme offers an in-depth introduction to the yogic and meditational techniques and doctrines of India, Tibet, China and Japan within the historical and cultural context of their formation. Furthermore, it explores the nature of spiritual experience that arises from yoga and meditation through a cross-cultural, inter-regional perspective.

Entry requirements

Minimum Upper 2nd Class Honours (or equivalent). However, due consideration is given to the applicants� individual profiles, and to the fact that great potential for the successful undertaking of the academic study of religions is not necessarily acknowledged or certified through the applicant�s academic qualifications. Interviews can be arranged for applicants who do not meet the minimum entrance requirements, and early contact with academic members of staff is generally encouraged.

Course modules

Buddhist meditation in India and Tibet; dissertation in the traditions of yoga and meditation; East Asian traditions of meditation: from Taoism to Zen; the origins and development of yoga in ancient India; yoga and meditation: perspectives, context and methodologies; MA traditions of yoga and meditation-programme.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7898 4700