SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

MA Historical Research Methods (2019 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
Full-time: 12 months; Part-time: 24 or 36 months

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

  • 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 intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

The MA in Historical Research Methods is designed to train students in research skills to the level prescribed by the research training guidelines favoured by UK Research Councils. It is intended for students with a good first degree in history, or who possess a taught Masters degree in history. Most students would be expected to progress to a research degree in history at the end of the degree, but it is also possible to take it as a stand-alone programme.

Students must complete a programme in research training and submit a dissertation on an approved topic which is connected to the core course of this programme (Sources and Research Design in Historical Research). We ask all applicants to include a research proposal of around 1,500-2,000 words setting out their intended dissertation topic and areas of research interest so that we can direct the application towards a potential supervisor.

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Studying History at postgraduate level at SOAS

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students must take 180 credits in total, comprised of 120 taught credits and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

For any queries, please contact the programme convenor, who will also be pleased to provide more detailed information on individual modules. 

Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (10,000 words)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in History 15PHIC999 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Sources and Research Design in Historical Research 15PHIC018 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Debating Pasts, Crafting Histories 15PHIC033 30 Full Year
AND

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

AND

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

OR

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

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

Teaching & Learning

Lectures and Seminars 

Teaching is generally by informal lectures and seminar discussions. At Masters level there is particular emphasis on seminar work where students may be expected to make full-scale presentations for units they take.

In addition to their studies on the MA programme, students at SOAS are able to participate in a wide range of research seminars, lectures and conferences that regularly take place in the School and in the University of London.

Dissertation

The 10,000 word Dissertation on an approved topic linked with one of the taught courses with a detailed 2,500 word dissertation plan worth 10% of this mark.

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 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. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2018-02-20 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

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

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Historical Research Methods from SOAS provides its students with an understanding of the world, giving them specialised historical knowledge and understanding of cultural sensibilities of a region.  Postgraduate students are equipped with the expertise to continue in research as well as the skills needed to enable them to find professional careers in the private and public sectors.  

Postgraduate students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including familiarity with methods of research; the competence to manage large quantities of information; the ability to select and organise information and analytical skills.  A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

For postgraduate students, the greatest attraction of SOAS is its research culture. There simply isn’t another institution with such a concentration of academic expertise on African and Asian history.

Jack Lord

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