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Courses and Fees

Undergraduate

Reputation for excellence

Student are drawn to SOAS by its international reputation for academic excellence, as well as for the opportunity to study in a lively and international environment with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.

In the recent National Student Survey, SOAS was ranked first for its teaching and learning provision among universities in London.

Diverse campus

Undergraduates discover a fascinatingly diverse, lively and close-knit community on the SOAS's central London campus, and friendly fellow students who share an intellectual interest in the international issues in which SOAS specialises. SOAS is a place for those who want to expand their horizons and develop a deeper understanding of the world; for those who want to re-examine preconceptions and not just accept the traditional status quo.

Study opportunities

Degree combinations in law, politics, economics, finance, business, management, the arts, humanities and languages provide many options for study, in either single-subject or two-subject (combined) degrees. Additionally, more than 40% of undergraduate programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year studying in another country.

SOAS undergraduates aspire to varied and ambitious goals. Whether it be developing a career as a UN diplomat, dreaming of staging a kabuki play, or championing human rights, SOAS develops the skills for students to excel in their chosen area when they graduate.

Undergraduate degrees are offered in:

  • Africa
  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • China and Inner Asia
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • English Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Financial and Management Studies
  • History
  • History of Art and Archaeology
  • Japan and Korea
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • 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.

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 International Programmes. More than 4000 students in 160 countries are currently enrolled on a SOAS online or distance learning course.

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 Managment)
  • 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.

Fees

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

Scholarships

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

Scholarships and funding

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

At SOAS University of London, students study in a lively and international environment, where they have the opportunity to excel in the subjects they already love, and in others that are just waiting for them to discover.

Location

SOAS has a friendly, intimate campus, located in the heart of London, close to a range of social, cultural, academic and historic attractions, and with excellent transport links to the rest of London, the country, and the continent beyond.

New Student Hub

The SOAS estate has undergone a recent massive transformation through a 40 million programme of development, including the ambitious Senate House North Block project. This historic Grade II listed building has revolutionized the student experience: the student hub acts as a one-stop-shop for all non-academic enquiries, and state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities and contemporary social spaces are enjoyed by students and staff alike.

Library

The Career 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.

Students' Union

SOAS Students' Union is a bustling and diverse environment, which offers support and representation for all SOAS students. The Union has three sabbatical co-presidents (Finance and Communications, Welfare, and Sports and Societies) who work full time to represent SOAS students. They attend School committees and lobby management on issues raised directly by students.

There are many ways that students can get involved with the Union. The Union organises approximately fifty clubs and societies, covering sport, dining, political debate, cultural issues and everything in between. If the particular interest you have is not represented then it is easy to set up your own society. The Union aims to make student life in London easier, more interesting and packed with things to do.

In addition to all of this the Union runs the bar in SOAS, a popular meeting place for students, plus a large common room, snack bar and a stationary shop, which is the cheapest place to buy pens and papers in the area.

Clubs

Students will find making friends at SOAS easy by joining any of a wide range of sports, societies, events and student-led clubs.

Clubs are as varied as the Beekeepers, who care for two beehives on the roof of SOAS; to the South Asian Film Society, which celebrates Bollywood and South Asia’s rich film culture; the Women’s Rugby Team; to the much discussed Hummus Society.

Language Entitlement

For students where a language is not a core element of their degree, the Language Entitlement Programme (LEP) gives students the opportunity to include language learning as an extra activity entirely free of charge.

Accommodation

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 4-8 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 accomodation options, please visit our webpages.

Open Days

Discover what it would be like to study at SOAS by joining us at one of our student Open Days.

At our Open Events there are opportunities to have one-to-one discussions with academics, current students, and staff from across student services; discover information about accommodation and finance; learn tips about how to fill in application forms; take a campus tour; do a language taster; plus experience what it’s really like to study at SOAS.

For details of our next Open Event dates, please visit our webpages.

For students unable to attend an Open Event, SOAS runs a series of webinars, designed to provide students with a flavor of what it would be like to study at SOAS.

Webinars

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.

Term Dates

The 2014/15 term dates are as follows:

  • First Term: 26 September - 16 December 2016
  • Second Term: 9 January - 24 March 2017
  • Third Term: 24 April - 16 June 2017

Living Here

London is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the world; it offers an unparalleled student experience.

SOAS is situated in the very heart of London, surrounded by fashionable cafés and restaurants, green spaces, bookstores, museums and arts venues. The British Museum, British Library, Regent’s Park and the West End are all within walking distance of SOAS’s vibrant campus.

Cultural Attractions

Bloomsbury is a hub of culture and education, with the British Museum and the British Library just a few minutes’ distance from SOAS. In addition, London is home to world-renowned international art galleries, musical performances, opera, museums and festivals, which all go to make London the culture capital of the world.

Historic Interests

SOAS is located in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, famous for its leafy squares, parks, writers and intellectuals. World famous London attractions such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are all only a short tube trip away.

Nightlife

There are a multitude of clubs, restaurants and bars within a short walk of the SOAS campus. SOAS is also close to the West End with its cinemas and theatres, and Covent Garden, famous for its café society, shops and lively street entertainment.

Travel Links

SOAS is located close to Russell Square Station on the Piccadilly Line and Goodge Street Station on the Northern Line, making it easy for students to explore all parts of this great city. Nearby Euston Station provides mainline rail links, and it is only a ten-minute walk to the Eurostar hub at St Pancras, from where it is a short hop to Paris, Brussels and continental Europe.

Students are eligible for 30% off their weekly travelcard.

Farmers' Market

Every Thursday, a bustling Farmers’ Market operates in Torrington Square, between SOAS and Birkbeck College. It is a great place to buy tasty snacks, fresh fruit and vegetables, and a range of tempting cakes, pies and breads, all locally produced

Top Questions

What do you look for in your students?

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

What's the weirdest thing to happen at the university?

Something weird happens at SOAS every day! A highlight though was when two Bactrian camels appeared on campus as part of a conference.

Do you have any famous or notable alumni?

Aung San Suu Kyi, Paul Robeson, John Atta Mills, Zeinab Badawi, David Lammy, Freya Stark, Luisa Dias Diogo, and Dom Joly.

What grants/scholarships do you offer?

For most up-to-date information, please visit our our website.

How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?

SOAS Careers Service and SOAS Student Enterprise help to develop skills in students in readiness for the workplace. Please visit the SOAS Enterprise website to discover how SOAS supports entrepreneurship.

What's university welfare and disability support like?

SOAS Student Advice and Wellbeing are focused on helping students to complete their course successfully through the specialist, professional services on offer including: international student advice; welfare and financial advice, support for students with disabilities and student counselling. Please visit our website for comprehensive information.

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?

For Student Advice and Wellbeing, please visit our website.

Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?

For Student Advice and Wellbeing, please visit our website.

What's university welfare and disability support like?

Orientation and enrolment at SOAS is called Welcome Week. The week is designed to help all new students with their transition to living and studying at SOAS. There is a wide selection of social events, plus information about accommodation, ID cards, setting up a bank account, and registering for a doctor.

What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?

Lively, busy, entertaining, hectic, stimulating, but above all fun!

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?

SOAS has a friendly, intimate campus, located in the heart of London, close to a range of social, cultural, academic and historic attractions, and with excellent transport links to the rest of London, the country, and the continent beyond.

What sort of societies are there?

Clubs are as varied as the Beekeepers, who care for two beehives on the roof of SOAS; to the South Asian Film Society, which celebrates Bollywood and South Asia’s rich film culture; the Women’s Rugby Team; to the much discussed Hummus Society. For a complete list of clubs, societies and sports team, please visit our website.

How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?

SOAS is located in the centre of London with excellent transport links. Russell Square tube station is a five-minute walk from campus; Euston mainline train station is a ten-minute walk away, as too is St Pancras International, which provides regular Eurostar trains to continental Europe. Buses and taxis are available on the doorstep and, for students venturing further afield, Heathrow Airport is quickly accessible from a direct tube link from Russell Square station.

How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?

The main buildings on the SOAS campus, including the new student hub in Senate House are all no more than a couple of minutes walk from each other. The main student accommodation is close to Vernon Square, and is about twenty minutes walk from the main campus.

How much one-to-one contact time do students receive from their lecturers?

One-to-one contact time between students and lecturers varies from course to course, but SOAS has one of the best student-staff ratios in the entire country (11.3:1).

How much is a pint at the student union?

SOAS has one of the most lively student bars in the country.

What fields of study is the university best known for?

Languages; politics; law; economics; finance, business and management; area studies; development studies; anthropology; music; religion.