SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA African Studies and Intensive Swahili (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
Two calendar year (full-time); Four years (part-time)

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Convenors

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below. 

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

The Swahili component can be taken either at beginner or at intermediate level.

Please note that on all Area Studies degrees, including African Studies:

  • a maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one subject area
  • a minimum of three subject areas must be covered.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

Two Years Language Beginner
Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Module(s) from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Swahili 1 A (PG) 15PAFH029 15 Term 1
Swahili 1 B (PG) 15PAFH030 15 Term 2
Plus
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054 15 Term 1
Intercultural communication research in action 15PLIH055 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intermediate Swahili Summer Abroad 15PAFC149 45 Full Year
Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Module(s) from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Or

A module(s) from the list below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in African Studies 15PAFC990 60 Full Year - Full Year
Two Years Language Intermediate
Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Module(s) from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Plus
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Intercultural Communication and Interaction 15PLIH054 15 Term 1
Intercultural communication research in action 15PLIH055 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Summer Abroad
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Upper Intermediate Swahili Summer Abroad 15PAFC150 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Module(s) from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Or

A module(s) from the list below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Practical Translation Swahili into English 15PAFH014 15 Term 1
Translation Theory 15PLIH047 15 Term 1
Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in African Studies 15PAFC990 60 Full Year - Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Art
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 1
Economics
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1
Language (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Advanced Somali: Language (PG) 15PAFH017 15 Term 2
Advanced Somali: Literature (PG) 15PAFH018 15 Term 2
Directed Readings in an African Language 15PAFC147 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Zulu 3 (PG) 15PAFC137 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Linguistics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Structure of Bantu Languages (PG) 15PAFH011 15 Term 1
Literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Somali: Literature (PG) 15PAFH018 15 Term 2
Advanced Swahili Literature (PG) 15PAFH015 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Introduction to Swahili Literature (PG) 15PAFH016 15 Term 2
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
Realism and Magical Realism in the African Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 15 Term 1
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Media
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 15 Term 2
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Religions & Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 15 Term 2
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary. 

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge
  • Students will acquire knowledge and critical awareness of current issues and/or insights into Africa from the perspective of at least two social sciences and/or humanities disciplines.
  • The student will have the opportunity of gaining knowledge or further knowledge of an African language.
  • The student will gain specialized and in - depth knowledge in one particular area of the study of Africa and from disciplinary perspective.
Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  • Students will develop a critical and analytical approach to issues relating to Africa in the disciplinary areas chosen.
  • Students will develop skills of synthesizing materials from a variety of sources and presenting these in writing and orally in an academic context.
  • Students will have the opportunity of researching topics which have been little commented on in the secondary literature and thus develop research skills by working on primary sources.
Subject -based Practical Skills
  • Students will gain specific knowledge of aspects of African life, which will prepare them for working in Africa.
  • The specialist knowledge developed in the individual courses will allow students to add an academically grounded perspective to their particular subsequent work context.
  • If a student takes an African language they will have a strong practical skill, which will help them in any context where the language is used and which will also be of benefit if they need to learn another language in the future.
Transferable Skills
  • Through managing their studies students will develop the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
  • In researching and writing coursework and the dissertation students will develop research and writing skills.
  • Students will develop the skills of independent learning required for continuing onto a research degree or for professional development.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965
Scholarships
Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A postgraduate degree in African Literature from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding.  Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. 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.

Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the 
problems that contemporary societies now face. The MA African Literature can lead to further study and research, however there is also a range of opportunities in fields such as:

  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Archive work
  • Arts Management
  • Media

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

A Student's Perspective

The Travelling Africa course took me on a journey across the African continent from Cape Town to Cairo, via Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and everywhere in between.

Milo Gough

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