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Department of History

MA Film and History

Duration: Full-time: 12 months Part-time: 24 or 36 months

Overview

Minimum Entry Requirements: 2-1 (2-2 may be considered along with strong letters of recommendations)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This MA programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire expert knowledge of film in historical context as a means of mastering transferable analytical skills and so prepare students for a variety of professional or research careers. The program can be adapted to meet a wide range of interests. Its bi-directional focus on the disciplines of film and history also provides students with a flexible series of modular units from which to choose. The core course examines the representation of history in film, and film in history by placing filmic representations of the societies and diasporas of/from/between Asia and Africa into historical context. Students will critically evaluate a range of issues relating to the reliability of film as the grounds for making inferences about the national and transnational histories of Asia and Africa, and the criteria for the critical evaluation of film as a source for, and product of, the historian’s accounts of the past.

Email: mr28@soas.ac.uk

English language requirements: Those whose mother tongue is not English must take the English test run by the British Council (IELTS) and obtain a score acceptable to the School.

Structure

Students must take taught courses totalling three units and one unit dissertation.

  1. Core course Film as History (one unit).
  2. Dissertation in Film and History (one unit).
  3. One course (or two half courses) from the list of "Approved Courses in Media & Film Studies" below.
  4. One course (or two half courses) from the list of "Approved Courses in History" below. 

Option Courses

Approved Courses in Media & Film Studies
Africa
Near and Middle East
South Asia
East Asia
South East Asia
Methodology
Approved Courses in History
Comparative/Global
Africa
Near and Middle East
South Asia
East Asia
South East Asia
Methodology

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Destinations

An MA in Film and History from SOAS provides students with a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate, including analytical skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, team work, flexibility and dedication.  Department graduates have gone into a wide range of careers and to complete research degrees.

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.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Having now experienced SOAS life, I can say there really is no other place quite like it

Soumaya Tidjani