SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

MA History and Intensive Language (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
2 years full time, 4 years part time

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 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

  • Normally, an Upper Second Class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard obtained after a course of study extending over not less than three years in a university (or educational institution of university rank), in History, or a related discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

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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?:

The programme would suit students with a keen interest in learning about the historical conditions of the contemporary world, and in particular those who are prepared to look at the world from the perspective of other people and cultures. While the course is open to students from a broad range of backgrounds, the ideal applicant would have an UG degree in History (or a related discipline), some knowledge of foreign, including Asian or African languages, and preferably some relevant background in the region of specialism.  

Graduates will find a wide range of career options open to them, in particular those involving inter-cultural or international contact, such as in international organizations, government institutions, non-profit organizations, and journalism, but also museums, educational institutions, or the publishing sector more generally. It would also be a suitable preparation for students considering embarking on a research degree focusing on one of the regional or topical areas of expertise represented in the department.

The two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East 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.

This is the only Master-level programme in History focusing on the study of Asia, the Middle East and Africa in the UK, and can therefore offer an unrivalled breadth of courses on the history of these regions. The programme provides a sound training in the historical sciences.

It can also be taken with an intensive language pathway over two years, therefore making this programme unique in Europe.

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Studying History at postgraduate level at SOAS

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Combinations

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA History

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation (10,000 words with a detailed 2,500-word dissertation plan worth 10% of the mark for this module) as outlined below.

There are five regional pathways within the History part of the programme: Africa, East Asia, Near and Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia. If you have any questions about pathway requirements, please contact the programme convenor.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

Please see the relevant web pages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics for information on the Intensive Language part of the programme.

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Debating Pasts, Crafting Histories 15PHIC033 30 Full Year
Plus

A module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

A module(s) from List A or B below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

A module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits.

Or

A module(s) from List A or B below to the value of 30 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (10,000 words) see list of Dissertation Module options below.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in History 15PHIC999 60 Full Year
Dissertation in History: Africa 15PHIC993 60 Full Year
Dissertation in History: East Asia 15PHIC994 60 Full Year
Dissertation in History: Near and Middle East 15PHIC995 60 Full Year
Dissertation in History: South Asia 15PHIC996 60 Full Year
Dissertation in History: South East Asia 15PHIC997 60 Full Year
List of Modules (subject to availability)
List A
Comparative / Global
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Making of the Contemporary World 15PHIH035 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Environmental History of Asia 15PHIH023 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 15 Term 1
Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 15 Term 1
Warfare and the Military in Precolonial Africa 15PHIH047 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Warfare and the Military in Modern Africa 15PHIH046 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 15 Term 2
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Early Development of Islam: Emerging Identities and Contending View 15PHIH039 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Iran and the Persianiate world, 1400 to 1800 15PHIH042 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Iran and the Persianiate world, 1800 to 1979 15PHIH043 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Balkans II 15PHIH049 15 Term 2
Encountering the Other: the Middle East during the Crusading Period 15PHIH037 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East I 15PHIH031 15 Term 1
Modernity and the Transformation of the Middle East II 15PHIH032 15 Term 2
The Origin of Islam: Sources and Perspectives 15PHIH045 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Outsiders in Medieval Middle Eastern Societies: Minorities, Social Outcasts and Foreigners 15PHIH006 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Mesopotamian Languages and Literature A: the third millennium 15PNMC021 30 Full Year
Mesopotamian Languages and Literature C: the first millenium bc 15PNMC023 30 Full Year
Sumerian Language 15PNMC024 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Israel and the Palestinians 15PNMC038 30 Full Year
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
Reading Classical Arabic Historians: Themes and Trends in Islamic Historiography 15PNMC378 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Islam in South Asia 15PHIH044 15 Term 1
Gender, law and the family in the history of modern South Asia 15PHIH030 15 Term 1
Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia 15PHIH041 15 Term 2
The Body and the Making of Colonial Difference in British India 15PHIH033 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 2
The Making of Modern Korea, 1864-1953 15PJKH032 15 Term 1
The Two Koreas since 1953 (PG) 15PJKH033 15 Term 2
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Asian Armies and National Development 15PHIH040 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
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
List B
Methodology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Media Production Skills (Group B) 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 15 Term 2
International Politics of Africa 15PPOC009 30 Full Year
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 30 Full Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Medieval Arabic Thought 15PNMC388 30 Full Year
Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 15 Term 2
Family, Work and Leisure in Ancient Judaism 15PSRH027 15 Term 1
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Religions of Ancient India 15PSRH054 15 Term 2
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 30 Full Year
Zoroastrianism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 15PSRC052 30 Full Year
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 30 Full Year
Imagining Pakistan (PG) 15PSAH013 15 Term 2
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 30 Full Year
East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 15 Term 2
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters) 15PSEH006 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 30 Full Year

 

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)

Teaching & Learning

Aims and Outcomes

  • An advanced understanding of the historical sciences and its various methodologies and approaches in general, and specialist knowledge of Asian and African history in particular
  • Practical research and writing skills, developed through the study of primary and secondary sources related to Asian and African history
  • The critical, conceptual, and analytical skills required for historical research as well as for positions of responsibility in all other professions
  • In the two-year pathway, the student will also be provided with a near proficient ability in a language.

 

Knowledge

  1. Factual knowledge about the histories of Asian and African societies, the ways they interacted with each other and other world regions of the world, and the major historical forces that shaped our contemporary world.
  2. Familiarity with a variety of different approaches to historical research and current scholarly debates, and, on that basis, the ability to formulate a valuable research question.
  3. 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.  
  4. Language skills appropriate to chosen region and field of study (recommended).

 

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  1. Students should be able to synthesize different kinds of information, 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 analyse and reassess evidence and research questions 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, including relevant professional databases, effective note-taking, record keeping and planning of projects.
  4. Ability to formulate research questions and design an independent research project, including the use of primary sources.
  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 2019/20 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).

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Overseas
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£9,685 £19,930
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