BA History (dual degree options)

General

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


From the Crusades to the modern Middle East; fourteenth-century indigenous warfare to twentieth-century Islam in South East Asia; the Mughal Empire to Gandhi; Atlantic slavery and Muslim societies in West Africa to modern China and Japan, History at SOAS offers its students a unique window on the world.

Studying the BA History at SOAS will provide you with a sound foundation in the historical discipline, engaging in subject matters ranging from economics, religion, and culture to frontiers, cities, and gender from a global perspective rather than a euro-centric one. You will be able to develop your understanding of the fascinating, interlinked histories of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and their significance in our world today.

The BA History Combined Honours Degree combines History with another discipline or language and takes 3 or 4 years depending on the subject involved. Students will also engage in subject matters ranging from economics, religion and culture to frontiers, cities, and gender. The two-subject degree additionally allows you to create a specialist niche for yourself within a specific regional, cultural or disciplinary context.

The Combined Honours degree may be combined with:

  • African Studies, VT15 BA/HAF
  • Arabic+, TV61 BA/HA
  • Chinese+, TV11 BA/HCH
  • Development Studies, LV91 BA/HDVS
  • Economics, LV11 BA/HEC
  • English Q3V1
  • Hebrew+, QV41 BA/HHE
  • History of Art/Archaeology, VV13 BA/HisHAA
  • International Relations, (LV22 BA/IRH)
  • Japanese+, TV21 BA/JK
  • Japanese Studies, (TV2C BA/JSH)
  • Korean+, TVL1 BA/KOH
  • Law, MV11 BA/LWH
  • Linguistics, QV31 BA/HLG
  • Music, VW13 BA/MSH
  • Persian+, TVQ1 BA/PH ( + Compulsory Year Abroad which is split between 2 countries)
  • Politics, LV21 BA/POLH
  • Sanskrit, VT1J BA/SASH
  • Social Anthropology, LV61 BA/SAH
  • South Asian Studies, VT1J BA/SASH
  • South-East Asian Studies, VTCJ BA/HSEA
  • Study of Religions, VV16 BA/SRH
  • Turkish+, TVP1 BA/TUH

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad
++ 3 or 4-year degree with the option of one year abroad

Why study History at SOAS?

  • Our unrivalled focus on the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East will help you cultivate a more critical understanding of the diversity of cultures and societies in the world today, the historical processes that have produced this diversity, and the importance of historical context in understanding past and present.
  • Our academic staff are specialists in the history of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
  • The flexible structure of your programme allows you to use our Open Options modules to take advantage of the global expertise of one of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a new language.
  • We are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language from SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities.

History Combined Honours also:

  • Allows you to develop a specialist niche alongside your History degree by utilising the global expertise of one of our other departments.
  • Develops an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the history of Africa and Asia.

Employment

An undergraduate degree in History from SOAS will give you specialist knowledge of the history and broad cultural sensibilities of a region.

Skills gained include:

  • expertise in historical subject matter, interpretation and methodology from different topical perspectives.
  • an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the history of Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East.
  • competence to manage large quantities of information and the ability to select and organise information.
  • research methodologies.

choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge allowing you to develop a specialist niche for yourself.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Blackstock PR
  • Bonhams
  • British Council
  • Ernst and Young
  • HSBC
  • International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS)
  • Middle East Consultancy Services
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • Shed Productions Ltd (Independent UK television production company)

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Account Executive
  • Business Development Manager
  • Conference Producer
  • Copywriter
  • Finance Researcher
  • Freelance TV Researcher
  • Public Relations and Policy Manager
  • Production Editor
  • Trainee Accountant

Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of Core, Compulsory and Optional modules.

  • Core modules: A core module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken and passed before you move on to the next year of your programme.
  • Compulsory modules: A compulsory module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken, and if necessary can be passed by re-taking it alongside the next year of your programme.
  • Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

In the first year, students take introductory modules only, moving on to intermediate level modules in the second year, and then to advanced modules in their final year.

The Combined Honours programme enables students to design their own intellectual journey, whilst maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals of History.

When selecting modules, some students choose to focus mainly on one region (Africa, Near and Middle East, South, Southeast or East Asia) or topic (e.g. Islam, violence and warfare, gender, modernity). Others choose to range more broadly, exploring various topics and regions. Depending on the choice of the second subject, students will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of one particular region or to put more emphasis on the exploration of particular themes and problems, exploring them in a comparative context.

Year 1

Core Module

  • H101 Approaching History

Compulsory Module

  • H102 World histories: the view from Africa and Asia

Plus

  • Choose from List H1 Regional Introduction module below to the value of 30 credits.

and either

Choose from List H1 Regional Introduction module below to the value of 30 credits.

or

An approved open option module(s) to the value of 30 credits:

  • Language Open Options Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 1 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Module

  • H101 Approaching History

Plus

Guided Option

Choose from List H1 Regional Introduction module below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

Choose modules from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

or

Choose modules from the second subject to the value of 30 credits.

and

An approved open option module(s) to the value of 30 credits:

  • Language Open Options Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 2

Core Modules

  • H201 Historical Research: Approaches and Methods
  • H200 Historical Research Project

Plus

Compulsory Modules

Choose from List H2 Thematic Modules below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Choose from List H2 Regional Module below to the value of 30 credits.

and either

Choose from List H2 Regional Module below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 2 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Modules

  • H201 Historical Research: Approaches and Methods

Plus

Guided Option

Choose from List H2 Thematic Modules below to the value of 15 credits.

and

Choose from List H2 Regional Module below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Second Subject

Choose modules from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

or

Choose modules from the second subject to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 3

  • H400 Special Subject Dissertation
  • H500 Independent Study Project in History

Year 3 (Combined Honours Degree)

Core Module

Choose modules from the H3 special subject module list below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Please select 30 credits from the following:

  • H400 Special Subject Dissertation
  • H500 Independent Study Project in History

or

Choose from List H2 History Module below to the value of 30 credits.

Plus

Second Subject

Choose a module(s) from the second subject to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from the second subject to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose from List H2 History Module below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

List of Modules (subject to availability)

  • H1 Regional Introductions Modules
    • H110 Introduction to the History of Africa
    • H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia
    • H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East
    • H140 Introduction to the History of South Asia
    • H150 Introduction to the History of South-East Asia
  • H2 Thematic Modules
    • H211 Cities in History
    • H212 Frontiers in History
    • H213 Gender in History
    • H214 Violence in History
    • H215 Colonial curricula: empire and education at SOAS and beyond
  • H2 Regional Modules
    • H234 Culture and Identity in Modern South Asia 1800-2000
    • H236 State and Society in Mughal India
    • H241 The Middle East in the Period of the Crusades, 1050-1291
    • H246 Cities of Paradise and Empire
    • H247 Medieval Iran: Nomads, Settlers and Dynasts
    • H248 The Making of the Modern Middle East
    • H254 Indigenous Warfare & Society in Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1300-1830
    • H270 Society and Culture in Twentieth-Century Africa
    • H278 Muslim Societies in West Africa
    • H280 Atlantic Slavery and Its Legacies: Western Africa Ca 1500-2000
    • H283 Modern Japan
    • H293 - Empire and Globalisation in the early modern Muslim world
    • H294 - Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa
    • H295 - Southern Africa to 1910: colonial rule and social change
    • H296 From Courtesans to Suffragettes: Women in Chinese History, 1600s-1910s
    • H297 Mao's China, 1890s-1970s
    • R210 Religion, Power, and Society in Modern Africa
    • R430 Political Islam
  • H3
    • H333 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (I)
    • H334 The Mongols and the Islamic World (I)
    • H335 Gandhi and Gandhism
    • H337 Histories of Partition: India and Pakistan 1947 (I)
    • H343 Reform, Resistance and Revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909 (I)
    • H348 Rulers, Rebels and Scholars in Early Islam (I)
    • H353 The Creation of Modern Burma 1852-C.1941 (I)
    • H378 Violence, Identity & Politics in Modern East and Northeast Africa (I)
    • H379 Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807-1935 (I)
    • H382 Opium and Empires: Eastern Asia's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context
    • H398 - The Vietnam War and Asia I

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)

Alternative entry requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • 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 5 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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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