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
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Key Information Set Data
Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.
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
Compulsory 2nd Year Module
Intermediate History Modules (200-level)
Advanced History Modules (300-level)
ISP and Special Subjects (400-level)
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
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
- British Council
- Ernst and Young
- 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
- Finance Researcher
- Freelance TV Researcher
- Public Relations and Policy Manager
- Production Editor
- Trainee Accountant
A Student's Perspective
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