At SOAS, we offer an extraordinary window on the world. Our teaching and research explores the history of our regions through multiple lenses by drawing on a huge range of expertise in culture and religion, gender, economics, law and politics, technology and warfare.
As the only UK History department devoted to Africa, Asia and the Middle East, you can expect more from SOAS. 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, we want you to experience all that this rich discipline has to offer.
Explore our postgraduate options below:
The SOAS MA in Ancient Near Eastern Languages offers an intensive programme of text-reading and language-learning for those who already have a good knowledge of the Akkadian language (usually at least two years’ experience) as well as those who are starting the language for the first time.
The two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with a country in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.
The programme is designed for students with a keen interest in studying the remote as well as the more recent past of the countries, peoples, and cultures of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It is also ideal for students who seek to understand the historical conditions of the contemporary world from a global perspective.
This MA programme studies many aspects of the world of Islam, from its early development to its modern trends. Its primary objective is to approach the study of Islam through a variety of disciplines, cultural contexts and periods.
Our research in action
Department provides a rich research environment, much of it centred on its five research seminar series on African, South Asian, Middle Eastern, East Asian, and South East Asian history. With around 20 or more new students a year joining the History PhD programme, it has a large and active community of research scholars.
Our latest project investigates the history of public violence in a wide geographical setting stretching from Tunisia to Iran, and seeks to develop an interdisciplinary and cross regional debate on Middle Easter cities and societies.