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About

The MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia programme at SOAS University of London is an unrivaled opportunity to study the arts of China, Korea and Japan. 

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Overview

Education

Students enrolled in the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia  programme at SOAS University of London consider a wide range of East Asian arts, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, exploring their specificity and the links between them, in historical and contemporary periods. In many parts of East Asia archaeological evidence is key to understanding early societies. The programme therefore relates excavated materials to the history of art.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of East Asia, 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 working in other related fields, such as East Asian Music, Film and Media. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of East Asia.

This MA can also be pursued over a two-year period combined with intensive language study in Japanese or Korean.

Career

A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. 

The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world. Masters programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Themes in the Visual Arts of Dynastic China (before 1800)
  • China and the Silk Road: Art and Archaeology
  • Arts of Goryeo and Joseon Korea
  • Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 
  • Asia and Africa On Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturism
  • Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context

Key information

Duration

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

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

120 credits must be from MA taught modules and 60 credits are from the compulsory Dissertation

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an upper second class honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. 
  • Students taking the MA degree may or may not have previous experience of our subjects. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some modules it is an advantage for admission (see individual module descriptions for details). 
  • It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the two ‘minor’ modules.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22500 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 22500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11520 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11520 GBP per year during 12 months.

PT fees (2 years):

  • UK/EU - 5,760 GBP/year.
  • Overseas  - 11,250 GBP/year.

PT fees (3 years):

  • UK/EU - 3,840 GBP/year.
  • Overseas - 7500 GBP/year.

PT fees (4 years - intensive language only):

  • UK/EU - 5,760 GBP/year.
  • Overseas  - 11,250 GBP/year.

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.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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