Taught course

History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia

SOAS University of London · History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the arts of China, Korea and Japan. You will consider a wide range of East Asian arts and material culture, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, exploring their specificity and the links between them, in historical and contemporary periods.

In many parts of East Asia archaeological evidence is key to understanding early societies. This History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia MA programme therefore also relates excavated materials to the history of art.

Why study History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia at SOAS?

  • we are ranked 13th in the UK for Arts and Humanities (QS World University Rankings 2022)
  • you are eligible for an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, Amsterdam or Leiden as part of the Southeast Asian Art study tour (must enrol on Southeast Asia's Art Histories I and II)
  • we partner with the British Council to offer a School of Arts student one fully funded residency at the annual Venice Architecture Biennale
  • teaching is supported by the world-class collections of East Asian art in museums in London and the UK, and access to London’s vibrant commercial art sector
  • you will profit from the insights of scholars and students working in fields across the arts, such as East Asian Music, Film and Media
  • you can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of East Asia
  • our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, auction houses, museums, archives, conservation, publishing and arts administration. The large portfolio of transferable skills they acquire enables them to forge careers in a range of other fields across the world

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)20 3510 6974