History of Art and/or Archaeology
SOAS, University of London
Key Course Facts
This programme is a unique opportunity to study the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts and have the option of pursuing topics and approaches more archaeological in focus. They consider theoretical and methodological questions and are invited to question the relevance of the disciplinary distinction between History of Art and Archaeology to the study of the non-Western world. Courses cover a time period spanning from antiquity to present-day, contemporary art.
The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology contains some of the world’s leading experts in Asian and African art history and archaeology, whose ground-breaking research informs and is informed by their teaching. Students benefit from the unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm of staff. As members of the School of Arts, they profit from the insights of scholars and students studying the Music, Film and Media of Asia, Africa and the Middle East in historical and contemporary contexts. They can also select from modules in other departments, taking advantage of SOAS’s unrivalled expertise in the languages, history, religions and cultures of Asia and Africa.
A Masters from the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology provides students with expertise in the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our postgraduates progress to work in arts, culture and heritage roles, including in galleries, 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. Our Masters programmes are also an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study History of Art and/or Archaeology, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.
Tuition Fees History of Art and/or Archaeology MA
|England UK||£10170||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£10170||year 1|
|England UK||£11980||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£11980||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of SOAS, University of London in top UK and global rankings.
About SOAS, University of London
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London is a research university dedicated to liberal arts subjects, with a particular focus on the continent of Africa, and the nations of Japan, Korea, and China. Their modern campus is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Applicants can expect to find programmes and courses that take regions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and combine them with a particular area of academic interest. These might include, History, Economics, Politics, as well as Music and History of Art. This university offers a high degree of specialisation, ensuring that the teaching staff are able to deliver perspectives based on true expertise in their fields.
Student composition of SOAS, University of London
Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Archaeology/Film & Television Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||88%||5%||5%||£27750||£70480||192||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||90%||10%||10%||£27750||£70480||197||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology/Politics MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||83%||0%||1%||£27750||£70480||193||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology/Classics MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||88%||5%||5%||£27750||£70480||189||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology/Spanish MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||83%||0%||8%||£27750||£79290||199||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology/Celtic Studies MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||88%||5%||5%||£27750||£70480||197||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology/Business Economics (SocSci) MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||85%||0%||0%||£27750||£70480||195||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology/Economic & Social History MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||77%||3%||2%||£27750||£70480||188||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Portuguese/Archaeology MA (Hons)||University of Glasgow||83%||0%||8%||£27750||£79290||199||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Archaeology (Paleoanthropology) MSc||University of Southampton||89%||0%||5%||£9250||£21000||123||Southampton||On campus Full-time|