SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

MA Historical Research Methods and Intensive Language (2018 entry)

duration:
Full-time: 2 years; Part-time: 4 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent); relevant background in the region of specialism

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

Students must complete 255 credits of taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

The programme is tailored for students who wish to proceed to further research on the doctoral level on a topic related to the history of the Near and Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia and Africa, but it also makes sense as a stand-alone programme for those who wish to explore a specific topic or question within a shorter period of time.

The two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with a country in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language course would enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.

Career opportunities include:

  • Further historical research (PhD)
  • Research positions in government institutions, NGOs, journalism, etc.

This is the only Master-level programme in Historical Research Methods focusing on the study of Asia and Africa in the UK. It provides the unique opportunity to develop and carry out a research project under the guidance of regional specialists and thus an ideal preparation for a research degree. It can also be taken with an intensive language pathway over two years, therefore making this programme unique in Europe.

Please see the webpage for the Japanese pathway of the programme, and contact the MA convenor of that pathway for further information on the language component. Further information on entry level language requirements can be found on the programme page.

The Korean pathway is designed for beginner learners of Korean. Students with prior knowledge of Korean are advised to contact the programme convenor, Dr Anders Karlsson (ak49@soas.ac.uk). Students will take four course units in the Korean language, one of them at a Korean university during the summer after year 1.

The Arabic pathway is designed for beginner learners of Arabic. Students will take four units of Arabic, one of them at the Qasid Institute in Jordan or another partner institution during the summer after year 1.  Programme convenor: Dr Mustafa Shah (ms99@soas.ac.uk)

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Structure

Students take 4 course units over the period of their programme of study (i.e. 2 or 4 years). This includes the core course Sources and Research Design in Historical Research (1 unit), which is taught on a one-to-one basis by the dissertation supervisor, the compulsory course Research Methods in History with Special Reference to Asia and Africa (1 unit), a minor course or courses (to the value of 1 unit) from a list of approved options and/or a language course from the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, and a 10,000 word dissertation (1 unit).

In the intensive language pathways, students take 2 intensive language units and one history unit in their first year.  During the summer, they will participate in a summer school abroad (location dependant on language).  Upon their return, they will take 1 language unit and 2 history units and complete work on their dissertation (1 unit). For example, Year 1: 2 intensive language units + compulsory course Research Methods in History with Special Reference to Asia and Africa; Year 2: 1 intensive language unit + core course Sources and Research Design in Historical Research (1 unit) + minor courses to the value of 1 unit + dissertation.

Year 1 (two years full time)
Taught Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Sources and Research Design in Historical Research 15PHIC018 30 Full Year
Debating Pasts, Crafting Histories 15PHIC033 30 Full Year
AND
Language Component

Choose Post Graduate Language modules to the value of 60 credits

AND
Study Abroad

During the summer students will participate in a summer school abroad (location dependant on language) to the value of 45 credits

Year 2
Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (10,000 words)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in History 15PHIC999 60 Full Year
Taught Component

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

AND
Language Component

Choose a Post Graduate Language module(s) to the value of 30 credits

Year 1 (four years part time)
Language Component

Choose Post Graduate Language modules to the value of 60 credits

AND
Study Abroad

During the summer students will participate in a summer school abroad (location dependant on language) to the value of 45 credits

Year 2
Taught Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Sources and Research Design in Historical Research 15PHIC018 30 Full Year
AND
Language Component

Choose a Post Graduate Language module(s) to the value of 30 credits

Year 3
Taught Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Debating Pasts, Crafting Histories 15PHIC033 30 Full Year
AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits

Year 4
Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (10,000 words)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in History 15PHIC999 60 Full Year
AND

Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
Comparative/Global
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The Making of the Contemporary World 15PHIH035 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 15 Term 2
Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1
International Politics of Africa 15PPOC009 30 Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Encountering the Other: the Middle East during the Crusading Period 15PHIH037 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Pakistan: History, Culture, Islam 15PSAC288 1 unit - Not Running 2018/19
The Body and the Making of Colonial Difference in British India 15PHIH033 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 1
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters) 15PSEH006 15 Term 1
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Yes (Summer of first year)

Teaching & Learning

Aims and Outcomes

  • Knowledge of a variety of theoretical issues and methodological approaches relevant for the study of historical problems
  • Practical research and writing skills, developed through the study of primary and secondary sources related to Asian and African history
  • A sound grounding for further research, either in a doctoral programme or in a professional environment
  • A near proficient ability in the a language.

 

Knowledge

  1. How to locate materials and use research resources (particularly research library catalogues, archival hand lists, and digital resources), assess data and evidence critically from manuscripts, printed, and digital sources, and solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations.  
  2. How to formulate and carry out a research project, based on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the particular field of study chosen by the student, the relevant literature and current debates.
  3. Language skills appropriate to chosen region of study.

 

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  1. Students should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence and understand what the different types of historical sources can and cannot tell us.
  2. Students should question interpretations, however authoritative, maintain an open-minded attitude to interpretations that challenge older interpretations, and reassess evidence for themselves.
  3. Students should be able to think critically about the nature of the historical discipline, its methodology, historiography, and openness for interdisciplinary approaches.
  4. Students should be able to reflect about the potential of historical research on non-Western societies and civilizations for the advancement of the historical discipline and human civilization in general.

Subject-based practical skills

  1. Effective writing and referencing skills, attention to detail and accuracy in presentation.
  2. Effective oral presentation of seminar papers, articulation of ideas, and constructive participation in seminar discussions.
  3. Ability to retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources, effective note-taking, record keeping and planning of projects.
  4. Effective use of relevant professional databases.
  5. In the two year intensive language pathway, to acquire/develop skills in a language to Effective Operational Proficiency level, i.e., being able to communicate in written and spoken medium in a contemporary language

Transferable skills

  1. Critical thinking.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  3. Information gathering skills from conventional and electronic sources.
  4. Effective time-management, writing to word limits, and meeting deadlines.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2018-06-19 17:00

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

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