University profile

SOAS University of London

2018/19 edition

About SOAS University of London

Worldwide reputation


SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.

Real world relevance

SOAS programmes are taught by respected specialists engaged in fieldwork and research, which influences both government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe. SOAS scholars debate pressing contemporary issues such as human rights, development, migration, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change, and engage in a wide range of global research projects, which are shaping the culture, economics and politics of societies all around the world.

Passionate students

A SOAS student is typically passionate about their subject; opts to learn a second language; loves to learn, to travel, to be surprised; and is interested and engaged with the world around them.

SOAS aims to add and enhance to these attributes by offering courses of study, which give students the opportunity to look at their subject(s) from multiple perspectives; to challenge preconceived ideas through debate with fellow students and tutors; and to overturn unexamined assumptions. All SOAS courses provide students with an understanding of complex contemporary issues and knowledge of non-Western theories.

To this end, SOAS offers an extensive range of exciting courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and also masters degrees and diplomas by online and distance learning, foundation programmes for pre-university study, and a range of shorter language courses and summer school options.

A global outlook

SOAS students are encouraged to develop a truly global perspective and are uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges in society. That is one of the reasons why they develop careers that make a real difference in the world.

Postgraduate programmes at SOAS are recognisable for their specialist focus, and international perspective. Open module options allow students to select modules from a wide range of subjects as part of their degree programme.

A Master’s degree offers a range of benefits: it provides an opportunity to pursue a subject in greater depth; to acquire skills and knowledge in a new subject; to prepare for a research degree; or to acquire vocational skills for career progression.

Looking to the future

Identified areas of future research include: global voices; heritage of humanity; global interactions; sharing a small planet; and global diplomacy and governance.

Postgraduate degrees are offered in:

  • Africa
  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Arts
  • China and Inner Asia
  • Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Financial and Management Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • History of Art and Archaeology
  • International Studies and Diplomacy
  • Japan and Korea
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Near and Middle East
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Religions and Philosophies
  • South Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Taiwan Studies
  • Translation Studies

Online and Distance Learning

Alongside its taught degrees on campus, SOAS runs an extensive and prestigious programme of online and distance learning courses.

Online programmes

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Climate Change and Development
MSc Global Corporations and Policy
MA Global Diplomacy (MENA)
MSc Global Corporations and Policy

Recognised qualifications

University of London qualifications are recognised throughout the world for their high standards, and SOAS is the largest provider of online and distance learning courses in the University of London’s International Programmes.

All online and distance learning degrees are equal in standard to those taught on campus, and they have the advantage of allowing students to maximize their potential whilst fitting their studies around their professional and personal commitments.

Flexible study options

The programmes provide, flexible, cost-effective study opportunities, allowing students to pursue their academic training alongside carrying on a career, and with the added bonus that all the newfound skills and knowledge acquired from the course can be immediately put into practice professionally.

SOAS has also developed several MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) to assist online learners. SOAS’s first MOOC entitled “Understanding Research Methods” attracted over 40,000 students from around the world.

Online and Distance Learning courses are offered in:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Management
  • Finance and Financial Law
  • Finance (Banking)
  • Finance (Economic Policy)
  • Finance (Financial Sector Management)
  • Finance (Quantitative Finance)
  • Global Diplomacy
  • Global Diplomacy (South Asia)
  • Global Energy and Climate Policy
  • International Business Administration
  • Muslim Minorities in a Global Context
  • Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice
  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Sustainable Development

Study Abroad

Many SOAS students are able to spend a year studying abroad at a partner institution as part of their course, and there is the additional option of taking a course of study abroad via the Erasmus scheme.

Funding and Scholarships


For the most up-to-date information about course fees, please visit our website.

There are many ways to finance studying at university, so it is important to begin researching funding opportunities as early as possible.


SOAS offers a diverse range of scholarships to help students finance their studies. Scholarships at SOAS are awarded through a competitive application process. The majority of application deadlines are in the January/February preceding the academic year of entry.

A number of bursaries are available to students at undergraduate level based on financial need.

The examples below are just a sample of the scholarship offered at SOAS and new scholarships are being added all the time, so ensure you check the website at regular intervals in order to avoid missing out.

Alphawood Scholarship

Scholarships for students from Southeast Asian countries who wish to study for a qualification in Southeast Asian pre-modern Buddhist and Hindu Art.

Mo Ibrahim Scholarship

Three full MSc scholarships and one full PhD scholarship per year in the field of Governance for Development in Africa.

Al-Kawari Scholarship

One scholarship per year aimed at various degrees relating to the Middle East/Islam.

For more comprehensive information, please visit our webpages.

Facilities and Support


SOAS runs a regular series of webinars, which give students the opportunity to ask all the questions they may have about what it is like to live and study in London.

Webinars cover topics such as making an application; Tier 4 Visa entry; fees and funding; scholarships; accommodation options; careers tips; as well as information about specific academic courses.

To check out our latest schedule of undergraduate and postgraduate webinars, please visit our webpages.


SOAS offers a variety of accommodation options: in halls of residence; student homes; and privately rented houses.

Dinwiddy House is reserved for SOAS students only and is located a 20-minute walk from the SOAS campus. Dinwiddy House is a self-catered, mixed residence. All rooms are en-suite, with four to eight rooms clustered around a shared kitchen/dining space.

Paul Robeson House offers accommodation for 263 SOAS postgraduate students. Rooms are laid out similarly to Dinwiddy House, although there is also provision for student couples.

Additional accommodation at Urbanest St Pancras is located on the Regent’s Canal in vibrant King’s Cross. Urbanest St Pancras is a 25-minute walk from campus and close to a great choice of culture, nightlife, bars and restaurants.

For more comprehensive information about accommodation options, please visit our webpages.



Careers Service

The Careers Service at SOAS is part of the wider Careers Group run by the University of London.

It offers students one-to-one careers advice on the application process, including CVs and covering letters, as well as advice on how to decide on a career path; provides practice interviews; organizes a large selection of SOAS-specific events such as Careers Fairs, Alumni Workshops and Skills Sessions; provides assistance with virtual careers information resources such as Moodle and Careers Tagged; and has access to a wide range of information resources, including books on further study, internships, jobs, and volunteering.


SOAS encourages students to undertake internships during their course of study.

Paid internships of three to six months duration are advertised through the SOAS Careers Service, including ones part funded by the Santander Universities SME Internship Programme. SOAS also offers Micro Placement opportunities, which are two week work placements taken after exams in the penultimate years of a course and can be either paid or unpaid.

SOAS graduates progress to a wide variety of stimulating professional careers. For a complete list of graduate destinations by subject, please visit our website.

Useful Links

  • Postgraduate Open days/evenings
  • Postgraduat webinars
  • How to apply for postgraduate study

How to apply for online and distance learning programmes

Social Media

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Contact details

[email protected]
+44 (0) 207 898 4700
10 Thornhaugh St
Russell Square
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