SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

Arts of Asia and Africa

This programme draws on courses across the School of Arts, permitting student to specialise in, for example: popular music and film in the Middle East; art, archaeology and music of the Silk Road; music, media and development in Africa; students must take 1 course from at least 2 of the constituent departments/centre.

Entry requirements

The normal qualification for admission to the MA programme is an Upper 2nd Class Honours degree. Other qualifications, however, may be acceptable and the Department welcomes mature students. While knowledge of a relevant Asian or African language is not a requirement, for some courses it is an advantage for admission (see individual course descriptions for details). It is possible to include an element of language training within the MA programme by taking an Asian or African language as one of the 2 minor courses. This option may be particularly desirable for those intending to progress to the PhD, who do not already have the necessary language skills.

Course modules

Arts of modern and contemporary china (since 1800); Chinese porcelain: trade, transfer and reception ; digital traditional broadcasting communication; dissertation in art and archaeology ; representing conflict: a cross-cultural and inter disciplinary approach; mediated culture in the Middle East: politics and communications; the Buddha image: theory, practice and the making of Buddhist art history; the transnational news environment: production, representation and use; transnational communities and diasporic media:networking, connectivity, identity; aspects of music and religion in South East Asia; international political communication; theoretical issues in media and cultural studies; theoretical and contemporary issues in media and cultural studies; Japanese transnational cinema: from Kurosawa to Asia extreme and studio Ghibli; Iranian cinema; Japanese post-war film genres and the avant-garde; theoretical issues in media and cultural studies; studies in global media and post-national communication ; Central Asian music; musical traditions of east Asia (Master's); pop and politics in East Asia (masters); analysing world music: transcription and analysis in ethnomusicology; composition; ethnomusicology in practice; gender and music (Mmus); music and healing; performance; Klezmer music: roots and revival; music in selected regions of Africa: contexts and structures; analysing world music: transcription and analysis in ethnomusicology; dissertation in music; Raga: concept and practice (PG)

Assessment methods

Students write a supervised dissertation on a relevant topic.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,900 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,950 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7898 4700