SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

African Studies

Students can choose from a range of 30 courses in 14 disciplines; there is the opportunity to combine study of particular African subjects with an African language.

Entry requirements

Minimum Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent.

Course modules

Culture and society of West Africa; culture and society of East Africa; African and Asian diasporas in the modern world; African and Asian cultures in Britain; arts and society in Sub-Saharan Africa; modern and contemporary arts in Africa; economic development in Africa; colonial conquest and social change in Southern Africa; social and cultural transformations in southern Africa since 1945; warfare and the military in African history; slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries; historical perspectives on gender in Africa; Amharic 1; Amharic 2; Hausa 1; Hausa 2; Somali 1; Somali 2; Swahili 1; intermediate Swahili 2a; Swahili 3; practical translation from and into Swahili; Yoruba 1; Yoruba 2; Zulu 1; Zulu 2; Zulu 3; Islamic law (ma/llm); the structure of bantu languages; literatures in African languages; travelling Africa: writing the cape to Cairo; realism and magical realism in the Afrophone novel; African philosophy; Afrophone philosophies; aspects of African film and video 1; aspects of African film and video 2; curating Africa: African film and video in the age of festivals photography and the image in Africa government and politics in Africa; African missionaries.

Assessment methods

10,000 word dissertation related to the major.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,260 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 16,090 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 3,630 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MA Part-time £ 8,045 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

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