Study History

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 research informs and enhances our approach to teaching, which means our students benefit from direct engagement with a wide range of primary historical sources and innovative approaches to the regions we study.

Undergraduate Degrees

History student

“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

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