History Undergraduate Degrees

From the Crusades to the contemporary Middle East, 14th century indigenous warfare to 20th century Islam in South East Asia, the Mughal Empire to Gandhi, slavery to Muslim societies in West Africa, and modern China to modern Japan, History at SOAS offers its students a unique window on the world in order to develop your understanding of the fascinating histories relating to Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East.

Our students develop the skills to understand the historical conditions of the contemporary world from a global perspective, while developing their ability to engage with multiple theories and to analyse complex systems.

Explore our undergraduate options below:

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We’re ranked 8 in the UK and 35 in the world for History in the QS World University Rankings 2018

BA History and South Asian Studies second year student talks to SOAS Blog

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The BA in Global Liberal Arts at SOAS is broad but rigorous, for highly-motivated students who wish to explore a range of subjects from arts and humanities to languages and social sciences.

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Studying the BA History at SOAS will provide you with a sound foundation in the historical discipline, engaging in subject matters ranging from economics, religion, and culture to frontiers, cities, and gender from a global perspective rather than a euro-centric one.

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The nature of the Combined Honours degree enables you to develop a specialist niche for yourself by studying a second subject.

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Prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate programme at SOAS. During the Foundation Year, students take modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues and cultural fluency.

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Graduate Destinations

History students leave SOAS with specialised knowledge in the history and broad cultural sensibilities of a region , and with an exciting range of career opportunities in front of them. Graduates are equipped with a portfolio of transferable skills which employers seek, including methods of research, the competence to manage large quantities of information, the ability to select and organise information and analytical skills.

This, coupled with the strong sense of social justice that our students are well known for – is why our SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference. Examples are given from the past two years destinations:

  • Audit Commission
  • Bank of America
  • BBC
  • Campaign Against Climate Change
  • China Media Centre
  • Citizens UK
  • HelpAge International
  • House of Lords
  • International Fund Investment
  • Oxfam
  • Tesla Motors
  • The Publicist Group
  • Transnational Crisis Project
  • TSL Education
  • UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • UNICEF

Class of 2017: Six months after completing their studies

In Work 44%
Studying 31%
Work and Study 13%
Other 12%

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