SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

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; 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; 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; the story of African film: narrative screen media in Africa; 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; preaching, prayer and politics: independent Christians in Southern Africa; colonial and Christian missions in Africa: readings from the archives; religions and development.

Course Additional Entry

Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,215  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,985  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,608  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,993  Academic year. First year home fees