SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dissertation in History: Africa

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This is a 10,000-word research piece (worth 90% of the mark) on a topic linked to the course chosen as a major. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period, and is  submitted in September. A detailed dissertation plan of 2,500 words (worth 10% of the mark) will also need to be submitted

The dissertation provides an opportunity for further regional specialization and for primary research on a topic of direct interest to the student. It is normally expected that students make use of primary sources. The proximity to the School of many archive depositories and records offices, including its own archival collection as well as the British Library, and also the increasing availability of digital archives greatly enhances the potential for this type of dissertation work.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • research, writing, and organizational skills in the field of African history through an independent study project and the completion of a long written assignment based on primary sources
  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of approaches, methods and theories in the Historical Sciences and the region and topic of specialisation 
  • the ability to undertake further postgraduate study


The student will have a minimum of three meetings with the dissertation supervisor.


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