Postgraduate History of Art and Archaeology Degrees

We are unique in our coverage of the arts, archaeology, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, from ancient times to the present day. The range of teaching and the concentration of research specialists that you will find at SOAS is unparalleled anywhere in the UK.

Consider this with the fact that our central London location affords you easy access to the collections at the British Library, British Museum and our very own world-renowned SOAS Library, which houses over 1.2 million volumes.

Explore our postgraduate options below:

An introduction to studying at SOAS

Times Higher Education

We’re ranked 13 in the UK and 61 in the world in the 2019 Times Arts & Humanities Subject Rankings

Students select modules from across the school, developing a cross-discipline understanding of the arts, broadly conceived.

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On this programme students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities.

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The degree introduces students to the key contemporary issues discussed in Asian and African media and provides them with the opportunity to engage directly in research on an aspect of these media.

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Suitable for those seeking employment as practitioners, managers, consultants, policy advisers and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries, and for those who aspire to a Research degree.

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This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the arts of China, Korea and Japan.

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This two-year programme combines the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Japanese or Korean.

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This programme covers an area stretching from Islamic Spain through the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia in diverse historical periods. It offers students an unmatched opportunity to study particular regions or categories of art.

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The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in the art history and archaeology of the Islamic Middle East, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching.

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Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts and have the option of pursuing topics and approaches more archaeological in focus.

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Will suit practicing museum and heritage professionals who are interested in strengthening their knowledge of contemporary debates in critical museology, critical heritage studies and material culture studies.

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This unique programme has been designed for students wishing to combine an interest in music and related cultural performance with advocacy and social development practice.

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This is the only history of art and archaeology degree in Europe focused on the great religious traditions of Asia.

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Research degrees are generally undertaken by individuals who aim to become professionals in the field of art history and/or archaeology, whether as academics who carry out research and teach in universities or as curators or educators in museums, libraries or archives, or in any number of other related areas such as academic publishing or even the commercial art world.

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This postgraduate programme offers a unique opportunity to study the arts of Asia and the Islamic world with lectures by leading scholars in the field.

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This course will introduce the arts of these varied communities, and the systems of belief and worldview which underpinned them.

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Our research in action

Our broad coverage of the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Spanning geographically from Japan to Morocco and chronologically over millennia, the Department’s range of teaching and research interests is unmatched. No other British, European or American university provides the variety it offers for the study of Asian, African and Middle Eastern art.

In our latest research we used various techniques developed by archaeologists and art historians to study the connections between Islamic, Christian, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in this region during the Middle Ages.

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