Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) boasts the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere. We have research and teaching programmes dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe. The School offers nine Master's degrees and welcomes students from all around the globe.
 
Upon completion of their degrees, our superbly trained UK, EU and overseas graduates go on to transform the world. Many pursue doctorate studies and teaching careers, thus preserving crucial intellectual capital further into the future. Other graduates take up high profile posts in international agencies, global NGOs, international governments, the diplomatic service of various countries, the military, media and journalism, business consultancy, banking, and law.
 
In the UK’s 2014 nationwide survey of student satisfaction across the higher education sector, three of Oxford’s five Area Studies taught master's programmes achieved satisfaction levels between 96 and 100%, well above both national and university averages. Oxford’s Area Studies department is consistently ranked amongst the top echelon and a recent ranking by QS University Rankings placed us first in the world.  To read more about the School and its importance in the University and beyond, please click here.

 

Latest News

Call for Papers: Researching Africa Day 2018

'African Studies Beyond the Binary: Critical Encounters at the Intersection'

Researching Africa Day is a conference for graduate students, and abstract submissions are welcome from graduate students only.

Saturday 3 March 2018. St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Abstract submissions are due by midnight of Friday 19 January 2018. Abstracts may vary between 150 and 350 words, and be attached as a PDF or Microsoft Word document. The document should specify the applicant’s university, full name, email address and the topic or topics to which they think the paper would best belong. They should be submitted to RADOxford2018@gmail.com.

Events

Book Launch: Research for Action: A Conversation with Jean Drèze

Friday, 24 November, 2017 -
13:00 to 14:30
Seminar Room 3, Queen Elizabeth House, ODID, 3 Mansfield Road

Jean Drèze has a rare and distinctive understanding of the Indian economy and its relationship with the social life of ordinary people. He has travelled widely in rural India and done fieldwork of a kind that few economists have attempted.

Speaker(s): 
Professor Jean Dreze (Delhi School of Economics)
Professor Matthew McCartney (CSASP)
Professor Sabina Alkire
Dr Duncan Green (Oxfam)
Ms Soumya Mishra
Mr Amogh Sharma