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Department of History

Key Facts

Our Strengths

Research-led teaching of the history of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Our expertise covers the remote as well as the more recent past of the countries, peoples, and cultures of our regions. Our students develop the skills to understand the historical conditions of the contemporary world from a global perspective. The department runs an active world renowned regional seminar programme in Africa, Near and Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast and East Asia.

Facts and Figures

  • 93% satisfaction for teaching and 90% satisfaction overall (NSS 2014) from our undergraduates
  • 7th for staff-student ratio and ranked 14th overall in the UK (Guardian Good University Guide 2014), 11th in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2014)
  • UK Applicant/Place Ratio 3:1
  • Number of Staff: 19 academic, 1 teaching and scholarship, 24 teaching and scholarship (fractional)


For further information contact the Arts and Humanities Faculty Office

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 4020
E-mail: history@soas.ac.uk

Our Head of Department Says:

Wayne Dooling

We explore the history of our regions through multiple lenses. Our teaching draws on a huge range of research expertise in culture and religion, gender, economics, law and politics, technology and warfare.

From the Crusades to the contemporary Middle East, 14th century indigenous warfare to 20th century Islam in Southeast Asia, slavery to Muslim societies in West Africa, modern China to modern Japan, our research staff and teaching fellows offer an extraordinary window on the world.

We have a large and active research community, with around 20 or more new students a year joining the History PhD programme to gain access to our unrivalled concentration of expertise on the history of our regions.

Dr Wayne Dooling, Senior Lecturer in African History


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