Normally a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.
Months of entry
The SOAS History Department is one of the world’s major centres offering supervision for research degrees in African and Asian history. It attracts students and scholarly visitors from all parts of the world. The top ratings given to the Department in the official national research assessments of 1996, 2001 and 2008 took into account the excellence of its research training, as well as the staff publication record. The Department provides opportunities for well-qualified applicants to join large groups of students and staff working in or around their specialist fields of history. The unique combination of individual supervision, taught courses and seminars ensures that the large majority of students complete their degrees within four years.
SOAS students have unrestricted and usually free access to a huge range of seminars, conferences and workshops being held in SOAS or within easy reach. Most importantly, they attend a weekly regional history seminar – on Africa, South Asia, the Near and Middle East, East Asia, or South East Asia – and often special workshops on themes related to their research. Close links are maintained with the nearby Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, which run their own research seminars. These give research students many opportunities to meet scholars who are visiting SOAS, and those based elsewhere in the University of London or in Britain. Attendance at classes forming part of taught courses in SOAS or elsewhere may also be possible by arrangement.
Library holdings in London are superb for many of the subjects studied in the Department. SOAS history students have free access to the nearby British Library (including the India Office and Oriental Collections), to the British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale, to the National Archives, and to a vast array of other collections, including the libraries of most other London colleges and universities.
A list of both current and recently completed PhD projects can be found on the PhD Students page.
Particular strengths in economic, social, religious and political history, and in the history of medicine, science and technology with Asia and Africa.
Information for international students
An English language qualification such as (TOEFL 637 or 270) or IELTS (7.0) may be required. English language support is available. Information, including English Language requirements, can be found here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/international/
Fees and funding
ESRC, British Academy, school fellowships.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Recruitment Office
- 020 7898 4700