SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

BA History

duration:
3 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications usually invited
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: V100BA/H

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

From the Crusades to the modern Middle East; fourteenth-century indigenous warfare to twentieth-century Islam in South East Asia; the Mughal Empire to Gandhi; Atlantic slavery and Muslim societies in West Africa to modern China and Japan, History at SOAS offers its students a unique window on the world.  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. You will be able to develop your understanding of the fascinating, interlinked histories of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and their significance in our world today.

Why study History at SOAS?

  • our unrivalled focus on the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East will help you cultivate a more critical understanding of the diversity of cultures and societies in the world today, the historical processes that have produced this diversity, and the importance of historical context in understanding past and present
  • our academic staff are specialists in the history of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
  • the flexible structure of your programme allows you to use our Open Options modules to take advantage of the global expertise of one of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a new language
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language from SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities

Apply now via UCAS or visit SOAS at an upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Visit our History department page to find out more.

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Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows you to design your own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals of History. (Please note that 30 credits equal one unit in the table below)

In the first year, students take introductory modules only, moving on to intermediate level modules in the second year, and then to advanced modules in their final year.

How to structure your programme?

In choosing your modules, some students choose to focus mainly on one region (Africa, Near and Middle East, South, Southeast or East Asia) or topic (e.g. Islam, violence and warfare, gender, modernity). Others choose a broader approach, exploring various topics and regions. There are advantages to both approaches, though ideally you will develop an in-depth knowledge of regional histories but also be able to place these histories in comparative context.

Open option modules are modules from outside of this degree programme, typically language modules or non-history modules in other departments. Open option modules may constitute part of your credits, however can constitute no more than 30 credits per year and can only be taken if you have satisfied the History component of your programme.

Year 1 - You must choose four 100-level modules, including:

  • H101 Approaching History (30 credits)
  • H102 History of the World (30 credits)

And either:

  • two further regional introductory History modules (100-level)
  • OR one regional introductory History module (100-level) plus an approved open option

Year 2 - You must choose four 200-level modules, including:

  • H201 Historical Research: Approaches, Methods, Design (30 credits)
  • two modules (15 credits each) drawn from the intermediate thematic modules, including ‘Cities in History’; ‘Frontiers in History’; ‘Gender in History’; ‘Violence in History’

And either:

  • two further regional introductory History modules (200-level)
  • OR a regional module and an approved open option

Year 3 - You must choose four modules, including:

  • a 'Special Subject' taught module (300-level)
  • and a History dissertation, which is EITHER a 400-level Special Subject Long Essay linked to the 300-level taught course OR an Independent Study Project (H500)

And either:

  • two 200-level modules
  • OR one 200-level module and an approved open option
Compulsory Introductory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H101 Approaching History 154800292 30 Full Year
H102 - The History of the World 154800293 30 Full Year
Introductory History Modules (100-level)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H110 Introduction to the History of Africa 154800228 30 Full Year
H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia 154800229 30 Full Year
H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East 154800230 30 Full Year
H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia 154800231 30 Full Year
H150 Introduction to the History of South East Asia 154800232 30 Full Year
Compulsory 2nd Year Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H201 Historical Research: Approaches, Methods, Design 154800300 30 Full Year
Intermediate History Modules (200-level)
H21* 2nd Year Thematic Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H211 Cities in History 154800301 15 Term 2
H212 Frontiers in History 154800302 15 Term 2
H213 Gender in History 154800303 15 Term 1
H214 Violence in History 154800304 15 Term 1
H23* - H29* 2nd Year Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H234 Culture and Identity in Modern South Asia 1800-2000 154800264 30 Full Year
H236 State and Society in Mughal India 154800286 30 Full Year
H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291 154800254 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire 154800211 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers and Dynasts 154800222 30 Full Year
H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East 154800227 30 Full Year
H253 Islam in Southeast Asia, 1760s-1960s 154800212 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H254 Indigenous Warfare & Society in Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1300-1830 154800240 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H270 Society and Culture in Twentieth-Century Africa 154800244 30 Full Year
H275 Race, Class and Culture in the History of Southern Africa 154800221 30 Full Year
H278 Muslim Societies in West Africa 154800284 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H280 Atlantic Slavery and Its Legacies: Western Africa Ca 1500-2000 154800247 30 Full Year
H283 Modern Japan 154800233 30 Full Year
H297 Modern China 154800281 30 Full Year
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Advanced History Modules (300-level)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H333 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (I) 154800288 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H335 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800103 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H337 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (I) 154800282 30 Full Year
H343 Reform, Resistance and Revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909 (I) 154800197 30 Full Year
H382 Opium and Empires: Eastern Asia's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context 154800294 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H348 Rulers, Rebels and Scholars in Early Islam (I) 154800277 30 Full Year
H353 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (I) 154800252 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H378 Violence, Identity & Politics in Modern East and Northeast Africa (I) 154800262 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H379 Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807-1935 (I) 154800217 30 Full Year
H334 The Mongols and the Islamic World (I) 154800290 30 Full Year
H398 - The Vietnam War and Asia I 154800295 30 Full Year
ISP and Special Subjects (400-level)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H500 Independent Study Project (Asian and African History) 154800150 30 Full Year
H435 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800305 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H498 - The Vietnam War and Asia II 154800296 30 Full Year
H437 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (II) 154800283 30 Full Year
H443 Reform, Resistance and Revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909 (II) 154800198 30 Full Year
H434 The Mongols and the Islamic World (II) 154800291 30 Full Year
H448 Rulers, Rebels and Scholars in Early Islam (II) 154800280 30 Full Year
H453 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (II) 154800253 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H478 Violence, Identity & Politics in Modern East and Northeast Africa (II) 154800263 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H479 Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807-1935 (II) 154800218 30 Full Year
H482 Opium & Empires: China's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context (II) 154800193 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H433 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (II) 154800289 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Recommended Pre-Entry Reading:

  • JR McNeill and WH McNeill, The Human Web: A Bird’s Eye View of World History (2003)
  • John Darwin, After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires (2007)
  • CA Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914 (2004)
  • Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (1991)
  • John Iliffe, Africans: The History of a Continent (2007)
  • Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples (1991)
  • Barbara D and Thomas R Metcalf, A Concise History of India (2002)
  • MC Ricklefs et al., A New History of Southeast Asia (2010)
  • Charles Holcombe, A History of East Asia (2017)
  • J Black and DM MacRaild, Studying History (2007)

Modules

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually one hour a week of each. Sometimes, one follows the other in a two-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.

Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.

Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and advanced level modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion. Advanced level modules, which are usually taught in one two-hour bloc, often take this format.

Introductory modules

These are assessed through a combination of essays, oral presentations on selected readings or topics and a three-hour examination, taken in Term 3. Introductory modules are not open to second- and third-year History students.

Intermediate-level modules

These provide specialised study in particular themes and in the history of particular regions, building on the introductory courses. With the exception of the methodological core course (H201) that is entirely assessed through coursework, intermediate-level courses are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams, taken in Term 3. The weighting of assessment between essays and examination varies, with coursework essays counting for between 40 per cent and 60 per cent of the total mark. For the specifics of each module see the individual module unit listings.

Advanced-level modules

Advanced-level modules, so called ‘special subjects,’ focus on the reading and use of original historical documents, so-called ‘primary sources’. The 300-level modules are in-depth explorations of a specific topic, taught in seminar-style. They are assessed in the same way as intermediate-level modules, i.e., a varying combination of essays and a final examination.

The History Dissertation

In their final year, all single-subject History students have to write a 10,000 word dissertation. This can either be:

  • a 400-level module, i.e. a dissertation linked to a 300-level ‘special subject’ module, or
  • a 500-level Independent Study Project (ISP), which provides an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of a particular subject and to use a range of primary historical sources

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

An undergraduate degree in History from SOAS will give you specialist knowledge of the history and broad cultural sensibilities of a region.

Skills gained include:

  • expertise in historical subject matter, interpretation and methodology from different topical perspectives
  • an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the history of Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East
  • competence to manage large quantities of information and the ability to select and organise information
  • research methodologies

Find out more about History Graduate Destinations

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Blackstock PR
  • Bonhams
  • British Council
  • Ernst and Young
  • HSBC
  • International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS)
  • Middle East Consultancy Services
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • Shed Productions Ltd (Independent UK television production company)

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Account Executive
  • Business Development Manager
  • Conference Producer
  • Copywriter
  • Finance Researcher
  • Freelance TV Researcher
  • Public Relations and Policy Manager
  • Production Editor
  • Trainee Accountant

A Student's Perspective

It’s a global experience and, thankfully, everyone is included, no matter what their colour, religion, or ‘class’.

Mysa Kafil-Hussain

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