SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This 3'year degree focuses on the languages and cultures of sub'Saharan Africa. It includes the study of an African language and a wide choice of course units in the related cultural fields of Literature, Art, Performance and Religion'Philosophy.The languages normally available are Amharic, Hausa, Somali, Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu.

Course Modules

All years: modules include: Amharic; Hausa; Somali; Swahili; Yoruba; Zulu; culture in Africa; language in Africa; African history; African art and archaeology; contemporary African literature; history in African and Caribbean literature; African language literatures (oral and written); representations and transformations: South African drama and film; the structure of Bantu languages; theory and practice of Swahili translation; religions of Africa; black urban studies; introduction to pan'Africanism; music in Africa; the world of Cuban music.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB
  • Interview
  • Course specific

Key Course Information

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89% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 70%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 92%

£20,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 0
Unknown 15

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 55%

Total Coursework: 34%

Total Practical: 10%

£5,450 - £5,450
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,090 - £5,890
Typical cost of private accommodation