Study History

Welcome to the Department for History. We lead the world in research and teaching about the histories of Asia and Africa. According to the 2018 Guardian University League Table we are ranked 14th in the UK.

We are the only history department that does history from the perspective of Asia and Africa, rather than through a western-centric framework.

From the Crusades to the contemporary Middle East; 14th century indigenous warfare to 20th century Islam in South East Asia; 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 Middle East.

Our range of BA programmes attract growing numbers of students every year, who come to the History Department to gain access to our unique research community, and to the insights we offer on the making of the modern world.

Undergraduate Degrees

QS Top Universities

Ranked 8th in the UK and 35th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2018

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

“History allows me to further my understanding of Africa, the Middle East and Asia from a variety of perspectives” Read more

Graduate Destinations

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.

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

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In work 39%
In study 39%
Other 23%

SOAS alumni around the world

Latest blogs


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