History

History at SOAS

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History Postgraduate Study Degrees

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]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:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”5px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1528188859174{margin-top: 70px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ autoplay=”4″ active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Section 2″ tab_id=”1520250224299-bfdd74f8-3351″][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item title=”QS Top Universities” icon=”heart-empty” icon_color=”#5c068c” icon_position=”center”]We’re ranked 8 in the UK and 35 in the world for History in the QS World University Rankings 2018[/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1520250224263-08fbb873-cd9c”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1528211617308{margin-bottom: -5px !important;}”]

Meet the World at SOAS

[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/fd0ZpM3kZyU” el_width=”90″ align=”center”][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_pageable][vc_empty_space height=”5px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″ padding_top=”10″ padding_bottom=”10″][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”MA Ancient Near Eastern Languages” tab_id=”1526637053844-995929eb-23bb”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/maanel/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” icon=”0″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Historical Research Methods and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1476872017435-1cd52930-dd0c2a23-4fe9f8c6-66fd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/ma-historial-research-methods-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA History” tab_id=”1476875280107-10627f0b-41ce2a23-4fe9f8c6-66fd”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/mahistafas/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA History and Intensive Language” tab_id=”1477401046452-80394add-1c09″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]This programme would suit students with a keen interest in learning about the historical conditions of the contemporary world, and in particular those who are prepared to look at the world from the perspective of other people and cultures.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/ma-history-and-intensive-language/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”purple” c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”MA in Historical Research Methods” tab_id=”1477659312715-845b2d50-ae8b”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Designed to train students in research skills to the level prescribed by the research training guidelines favoured by UK Research Councils.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/mahistresmeth/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”MA Islamic Intellectual History” tab_id=”1549288404714-0e455281-c73f”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/religions-and-philosophies/programmes/maislsoccult/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Research Degrees: History” tab_id=”1477659313218-593c6943-5536″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]The SOAS History Department is one of the world’s major centres offering supervision for research degrees in African and Asian history.[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/phd/” style=”see-through” size=”lg” special=”no” icon=”0″ uppercase=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies” tab_id=”1526637098489-1af2a717-8c71″][vc_column_text]Students can choose to study full time (one year) or part time (two or three years).[/vc_column_text][kleo_button title=”Course profile” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/history/programmes/certanes/” icon=”0″][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” inner_container=”no” section_type=”alternate” padding_top=”0″ padding_bottom=”0″ margin_top=”40″ overflow=”false”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1478283841492{padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”70px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Our research in action” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][kleo_grid][kleo_feature_item href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/uvme/” icon=”globe” icon_color=”#2c3e50″ icon_size=”big”][kleo_button title=” See our research in action ” href=”https://www.soas.ac.uk/uvme/” style=”highlight” size=”xl” ][/kleo_feature_item][/kleo_grid][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ bg_gradient=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1477659519923{background-image: url(https://study.soas.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/RS10797_Elif-Sipahioglu-Tehran-Iran-lpr.jpg?id=160958) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”300px”][vc_column_text text_color=”#ffffff” css=”.vc_custom_1477659483171{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” type=”color” bg_color=”#eaeaea” padding_top=”80″ padding_bottom=”80″ border=”bottom” el_class=”col dark”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text animation=”animate-when-almost-visible” css_animation=”left-to-right”]

Graduate Destinations

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Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.
Here is the latest information from the known destinations of the 2015 Anthropology and Sociology graduates of single and joint honours within the department.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

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  • Audit Commission
  • Bank of America
  • BBC
  • Campaign Against Climate Change
  • China Media Centre
  • Citizens UK
  • HelpAge International
  • House of Lords

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  • International Fund Investment
  • Oxfam
  • Tesla Motors
  • The Publicist Group
  • Transnational Crisis Project
  • TSL Education
  • UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • UNICEF

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SOAS alumni and students around the world

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