African Studies, M.A. | SOAS University of London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
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25320 GBP/year
12220 GBP/year
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About

The African Studies programme at SOAS University of London provides an unrivalled programme of advanced modules on Africa; one of the world’s most fascinating and challenging regions. 

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Overview

The opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the continent is a particular advantage of the degree. Our former students have chosen to study Africa at this level for a wide range of reasons.

 For some a deep interest in the history and culture or political economy of a particular region is sufficient motivation, but for many students the programme has, in addition, been followed with the intention of furthering their career opportunities. 

Some go on to work either in Africa or in fields related to Africa. The opportunity to combine study of particular African subjects with an African language is very useful, although some evidence of competence in learning a foreign language is usually required.

Why study Africa at SOAS

  • SOAS ranks 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies , and 6th in UK
  • we are specialist in the studies of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia
  • gain in-depth understanding of one these key world regions, grounded in the study of one or more languages of the region
  • access SOAS’s comprehensive cross-regional expertise and gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of these regions in an increasingly globalised world
  • solid methodological and interdisciplinary foundation
  • students have an opportunity to develop a holistic and integrated approach to the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East through their languages and cultures.

Employment

A African Studies programme at SOAS University of London provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches to African Studies: Concepts, Methods and Theories
  • Remapping Area Studies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • Language, Identity and Society in Africa 
  • Intersecting Worlds: Race and Gender in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel
  • Culture and Society of East Africa
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Cultures of Resistance and the Dissolution of Boundaries

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider all applications with an undergraduate degree at high 2:2 or above.
  •  In addition to degree classification, we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references. 
  • While references are optional, they can help build a stronger application profile if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25320 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25320 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time 2 Years:

  • UK fees: £6,110
  • Overseas fees: £12660

Part-time 3 Years:

  • UK fees: £4,075
  • Overseas fees: £8440

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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32500 GBP
Deadline
08 Mar 2025
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SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom
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17340 GBP
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31 May 2025
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London, United Kingdom
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Grant
15340 GBP
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07 Jun 2025
Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS) Master’s Scholarship
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London, United Kingdom
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5000 GBP
Deadline
30 Jun 2024
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London, United Kingdom
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2500 GBP
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31 Jul 2024
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London, United Kingdom
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Various benefits
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Anytime
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London, United Kingdom
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Various benefits
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28 Jun 2024
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London, United Kingdom
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Various benefits
Deadline
07 Nov 2024
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15000 USD
Deadline
31 Aug 2024
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Various benefits
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8000 GBP
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Grant
3000 GBP
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3000 GBP
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7000 USD
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31 Aug 2024
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1000000 INR
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3500 USD
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1652 GBP
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30 Nov 2024
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Various benefits
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3000 GBP
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29 Jun 2024
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1000 USD
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500 GBP
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3000 USD
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3000 USD
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31 Dec 2025
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12000 USD
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10000 USD
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