School of History, Religions and Philosophies
Our degree programmes cover the histories, systems of belief and thought in Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East. We are unique in the field for approaching from the perspective of Asia and Africa, rather than through a western-centric framework, and for exploring in depth the dynamic histories of these regions, as well as their traditions, systems of belief and thought.
We offer BA, MA, and PhD history and religion degrees, with interdisciplinary modules, which encourage collaboration with other disciplines at SOAS. You will study alongside renowned academics whose research is building a new way of looking at the world, and whose interests encompass culture, religion, gender, economics, law, philosophy, politics, technology, and warfare.
Our small group teaching means that our students enjoy greater time and attention than they may find in other degree programmes. We will help you to develop the valuable critical thinking, research, and writing skills that will enable you to make a difference in the world in whatever career you choose.
Facts and figures
3rd in UK
REF 2021 for research outputs (Religions and Philosophies)
7th in UK
REF 2021 (Religions and Philosophies)
Our History department has a rich research environment and is the only UK history department devoted to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Our Religions and Philosophies programmes were in the Top 15 of REF 2021 for research impact
Changing awareness of internal slavery in Mali
Research conducted by Dr Marie Rodet has raised awareness of the history of internal slavery in Mali, transmitted previously lost history between elders and the younger generations, and exposed enduring discrimination against populations with ascribed status as descendants of former slaves.
The Epic of Gilgamesh: Ancient poem as modern inspiration
Transforming our knowledge and understanding of an ancient poem, bringing the story alive for countless readers among the general public, students and creative artists.