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About

The History programme from SOAS University of London is designed for students with a keen interest in studying the remote as well as the more recent past of the countries, peoples, and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It is also ideal for students who seek to understand the historical conditions of the contemporary world from a global perspective.

Visit the official programme website for more information

Overview

While the History programme from SOAS University of London is open to students with backgrounds in a diverse range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the ideal applicant would have an UG degree in History or a relevant area studies programme, some knowledge of foreign, in particular Asian or African languages, and preferably relevant background in the region of specialism.

Why study MA History at SOAS

For History we are 11th in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2021) and 45th in the World (QS World University Rankings 2021). 

This is one of the few Master-level programmes in History focusing on the study of Asia, the Middle East and Africa in the UK. With its high concentration of expertise of these regions, SOAS can offer an unrivalled breadth of courses on their histories. Apart from the possibility of acquiring regional expertise, the programme also provides a sound training in the historical sciences more generally. 

A broad range of courses is available in every single year (see 'Structure' tab for more details), though you may want to contact the programme convenor to ask about the availability of particular courses in a particular year. Those who wish to further develop their linguistic skills may choose from a range of African and Asian language courses.

In addition to their studies on the History programme from SOAS University of London, students at SOAS have the opportunity to participate in the Regional History Seminars, as well as in a wide range of research seminars, lectures and conferences, which regularly take place in different departments and centres across the School and at other colleges of the University of London.

Employment 

A postgraduate degree from the History department at SOAS provides its students with an understanding of the world, giving them specialised historical knowledge and understanding of cultural sensibilities of a region. Postgraduate students are equipped with the expertise to continue in research as well as the skills needed to enable them to find professional careers in the private and public sectors. 

Postgraduate students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including familiarity with methods of research; the competence to manage large quantities of information; the ability to select and organise information and analytical skills.

A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Debating Pasts, Crafting Histories
  • Independent Research Essay in History 
  • Colonial curricula: empire and education at SOAS and beyond
  • Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Historical Perspectives on Gender in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
  • Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa
  • The Early Development of Islam: Emerging Identities and Contending Views

Key information

Duration

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

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21980 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    10680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10680 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Part Time 2 Years:

  • UK : £5,340/year
  • Overseas: £10,990/year

Part Time 3 Years:

  • UK: £3,560/year
  • Overseas: £7,330/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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