SOAS University of London

The Africa Department

Disclosure date: 8 May 2013

Reference: FOI2013/042


1. When was the Department established?

2. In what area of African Studies does the Department specialize?

3. What is the organizational structure of the Department?

4. What specific courses/subjects are taught and what kinds of certificates, diplomas or degrees are offered by the Department to students?

5. What is the average graduation rate of students who read African Studies?

6. What is the average enrollment rate of students who study African Studies?

7. Does the program have an alumni union, and if it does, what does the alumni union of the program do? E.g. Do they help in raising funds to support the program? Do they organize lecture series to articulate the importance of African Studies? etc.

8. What are the employment opportunities for students who read African Studies?


1. The School took its present name in 1938:

2. The specialisms of all members of staff can be found here:

3. There is no specific organizational structure of the Department as such. At present it has an Associate Head and a Head of Department in the grouping of the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa and the Department of Linguistics. Administrative roles are undertaken by individual members of staff, details of which can be found on the webpage above.

4. The Department convenes BA, MA and PhD degrees. Details of all these degrees can be found here:

5. 2011/12: 15
2010/11: 32
2009/10: 22


                (Enrolments)         (Enrolments)
Session    New                       Returners        Total
2011/12     24                            52                  76
2010/11     24                            62                  86
2009/10     30                            70                 100

7. SOAS as a whole has an Alumni Association details of what they do can be found here:

8. The opportunities are very varied. Students have gone into many different careers working with media organizations, NGOs, businesses etc both in the UK, Africa and elsewhere.