SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

BA History and ...

duration:
3 or 4 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

A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

View alternative entry requirements

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

Featured events

  • Overview
  • Combinations
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Employment
  • Apply

Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The BA History Combined Honours Degree combines History with another discipline or language and takes 3 or 4 years depending on the subject involved. From the Crusades to the contemporary Middle East; the Mughal Empire to Gandhi; slavery to Muslim societies in West Africa, 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. Students will also engage in subject matters ranging from economics, religion and culture to frontiers, cities, and gender. The two-subject degree additionally allows you to create a specialist niche for yourself within a specific regional, cultural or disciplinary context.

Why study History Combined Honours at SOAS?

  • allows you to develop a specialist niche alongside your History degree by utilising the global expertise of one of our other departments
  • our unrivalled focus in the study of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will help you shape a more critical understanding of history
  • develop an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the history of Africa and Asia
  • our academic staff are African and Asian history specialists
  • 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 our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Visit our History department page to find out more.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad

Key Information Set data

Click on a combined programme to load KIS data

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 to range more broadly, exploring various topics and regions. In the Joint Honours programme, whether you aim to develop an in-depth knowledge of one particular region or put more emphasis on the exploration of particular themes and problems and explore them in a comparative context will likely depend on the choice of your second subject.

The Combined Honours degree allows great flexibility. A three-year programme, for which you will need a minimum of 150 credits in your first degree subject, will typically look like this:

Year 1 - You must choose four modules, including:

  • H101 Approaching History – the compulsory core introductory module (30 credits)

 And three further modules, either

  • two modules from the other subject
  • OR 100-level introductory History module (30 credits)
  • OR one module from the other subject and one approved open option

Year 2 - You must choose four modules, including:

  • H201 Historical Research: Approaches, Methods, Design (30 credits) – core
  • 30 credits from among the 200-level thematic and regional History modules,

And two further modules, either

  • two modules from the other subject,
  • OR one module from the other subject and one approved open option

Year 3 - You must choose four modules, including:

  • one module chosen from the 300-level modules – core

And three further modules, chosen from among

  • the 400-level 'Special Subject' dissertation linked to the 300-level module, OR a 500-level Independent Study Project, OR an intermediate (200-level) History module,
  • modules from the other subject
  • and an approved open option
Introductory History (100-level)
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
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)
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
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
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
H335 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800103 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291 154800254 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
Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Advanced History Modules (300-level)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H382 Opium and Empires: Eastern Asia's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context 154800294 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H398 - The Vietnam War and Asia I 154800295 30 Full Year
H333 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (I) 154800288 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
H343 Reform, Resistance and Revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909 (I) 154800197 30 Full Year
H337 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (I) 154800282 30 Full Year
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
H334 The Mongols and the Islamic World (I) 154800290 30 Full Year
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
ISP and Special Subjects (400-level)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H500 Independent Study Project (Asian and African History) 154800150 30 Full Year
H498 - The Vietnam War and Asia II 154800296 30 Full Year
H435 Gandhi and Gandhism 154800305 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
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

Disclaimer

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 the history of particular regions, building on the introductory courses. With the exception of the Group Study Project (see below), they are assessed by: (a) two or three essays, and (b) a three-hour examination, taken in Term 3.

For intermediate modules the weighting of assessment between essays and examination varies, with coursework essays counting for between 25 per cent and 60 per cent of the total mark. For the specifics of each module see the individual module unit listings. Group Study Projects are assessed on the basis of three written reports (see below).

Advanced level modules

These aim to introduce students to the reading and use of original historical documents, so-called ‘primary sources’. The 300 level modules are taught modules, assessed in the same way as intermediate level modules, i.e., a varying combination of essays and a final examination. For each 300 level module there is an attached 400 level module, for which there are no additional classes and which involves the writing of a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic arising from the content of the 300 level module. There is no final examination for 400 level modules; assessment is on the basis of the dissertation alone.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

These can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It too involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

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
  • choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge allowing you to develop a specialist niche for yourself

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

Apply

Find out more

  • Contact us
    By phone:
    +44 (0)20 7898 4700
    By email:
    study@soas.ac.uk
  • Got a question?

    If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.

    Ask a question

  • Apply

    Undergraduate applications should be made through UCAS.

    Start your application