BA African Studies and ...

Programme Code: (see May Be Combined With)

Duration: 3 years

Alternative entry Requirements

  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: No preliminary knowledge of the subject or an African language is required.

Interview Policy: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for the interview.

Mode of Attendance: This 3-year degree focuses on the languages and cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. It includes the study of an African language and a wide choice of modules in the related cultural fields of Literature, Art, Performance, and Religion-Philosophy. The languages normally available are Amharic, Hausa, Somali, Swahili, Yorùbá, and Zulu.

The range of expertise in SOAS, not only in the Africa Department but also with regard to languages and works of literature of other regions is unique in UK institutions. Along with proven excellence in other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology, art and archaeology, and history, this offers students an unparalleled range of options in choosing their second subject of study.

Students taking the two-subject degree take a combination of units from African Studies and from their other subject.


May be combined with

  • Development Studies, (TL59)
  • Economics, (TL51)
  • Geography**, (TL57)
  • History, (VT15)
  • History of Art/Archaeology, (TV53)
  • International Relations LT25)
  • Law (TM51)
  • Linguistics, (TQ51)
  • Music, (WT35)
  • Politics, (TL52)
  • Social Anthropology, (TL56)
  • Study of Religions (VT65)
  • World Philosophies (T501)

** Taught at King’s College London


Students must take modules to the value of 120 credits each year. Over the three years, they must take at least 150 credits from one subject and at least 120 credits from the other subject. The subject with the largest number of module credits will be named first in the degree.

Students must pass at least 90 credits in order to proceed to the following year, including any core modules.

Students may take open option modules to the value of 30 credits per year in a joint degree as long as the required number of credits for each of the named subjects is passed at the end of the degree.

Students who fail Language I are not required to continue with Language II in the second year. Students attaining 40-50% in Language I may be exempted, if they wish, from Language II after consultation with their Programme Convenor.

Degree title

If a student passes Language in Africa and 120 credits in one language, then the language may optionally be named in the degree title, e.g. African Studies (Swahili) and Development Studies. This option is available for Swahili, Hausa and Somali only. 30 credits may be an Independent Study Project in which the language is used to a large extent. Please discuss with your Programme Convenor at the end of year 1 or the beginning of year 2 of your degree.

Year 1
Core Module

Choose one of the following modules. Students must pass Culture in Africa, the first year language module or Language in Africa in order to progress.

  • Language in Africa - 155900867 (30 Credits) - Full Year
  • Culture in Africa - 155900838 (30 Credits)- Full Year

Language Course 1

30 credits at a suitable level in an African language.

Other Subject

Take 60 credits in the second subject

Year 2
Core Module

30 credits from the following.

  • African language works of literature (oral and written) - 155900677 (30 Credits) - Full Year
  • Contemporary African literature - 155900839 (30 Credits) - Full Year

Compulsory Language Module 2

An African language unit following on from Language I

Other Subject

Choose 60 credits from the second subject.

Year 3
Compulsory Module

Choose module(s) to the value of 30 credits from the list of options.

Compulsory Module

Choose Language level 3 or module(s) to the value of 30 credits from the list of options.

Other Subject

Choose 60 credits from the second subject.

Year abroad

Although not compulsory, spending time in Africa is encouraged

Teaching & Learning

Teaching is normally provided by lecture or seminar and students are required to attend such classes. Most modules involve a 50-minute lecture as a key component with linked tutorial classes.

SOAS Library

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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 22, 2019
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9,250 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,250; Full-time Overseas Fees: £16,907 per academic year
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