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.