Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts and have the option of pursuing topics and approaches more archaeological in focus. They consider theoretical and methodological questions and are invited to question the relevance of the disciplinary distinction between History of Art and Archaeology to the study of the non-Western world. Courses cover a time period spanning from antiquity to present-day, contemporary art.
Why study History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS
- SOAS is ranked 44th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings for Arts and Humanities
- The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology from SOAS University of London contains some of the world’s leading experts in Asian and African art history and archaeology, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching.
- Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students studying the Music, Film and Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East in historical and contemporary contexts.
- Students can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of Asia and Africa.
- Our Masters programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
Students in the School of Arts develop a critical and theoretically informed approach to global arts and culture. In addition to an intercultural awareness and practical expertise, graduates gain a wide portfolio of transferable skills which are especially sought after in the creative and cultural industries.
Recent School of Arts graduates have been hired by:
- Christine Park Gallery
- Design Museum
- Hong Kong Museum Of Art
- India Foundation For The Arts
- Japanese Gallery
- Museum of East Asian Art
- Music in Detention
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- Arab Painting
- Architectural Boundaries and the Body
- Arts of Goryeo and Joseon Korea
- Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800)
- Arts of the Tamil Temple
- Asia and Africa On Display
- Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route
- Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries
- China and the Silk Road: Art and Archaeology
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArchaeology History Art History View 150 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
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We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.
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International22500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22500 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11520 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11520 GBP per year during 12 months.
PT fees (2 years):
- UK - 5,760 GBP per year
- Overseas - 11,250 GBP per year
PT fees (3 years):
- UK - 3,840 GBP per year
- Overseas - 7,500 GBP per year
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.