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The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London provides an unmatched scholarly community in which to pursue postgraduate study and research in the humanities and law. Each year around 270 master's and research degree students benefit from the collaborative and specialist research environment created by the School's 10 institutes.

Our central-London location in Bloomsbury provides easy access to world-leading research resources and expertise of the local academic centres, museums and libraries, including the University of London Libraries with one of the most significant collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences in the UK.

Our graduates are awarded a University of London degree. More than one in five of our master's degree graduates will go on to undertake further study, half of these by research.

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General Information
Established: 1994
Location: Bloomsbury, London, UK
Address: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7862 8661 / 8662 / 8663
Website: www.sas.ac.uk
SU/Guild website: University of London Union
UCAS Code:
Type: Postgraduate research institution

Total students: 270 postgraduate students
Undergrad: 0
Postgrad: 270
Male:female  :
Staff: 200
Typical offers:
Applicants per place:


Postgraduate programmes

We offer full- and part-time postgraduate programmes (MA, MRes, LLM, MPhil and PhD) in the following subject areas:

Art history

French / German / Hispanic / Italian / Portuguese cultures and literatures

History, including cultural history and the history of the book

Human rights

International corporate governance, financial regulation


Politics and international development


Institutes of the School of Advanced Study

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)

Institute of Classical Studies (IClS)

Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS)

Institute of English Studies (IES)

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies (IGRS)

Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

Institute of Musical Research (IMR)

Institute of Philosophy (IP)

Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA)

The Warburg Institute (WI)



Students of the School of Advanced Study have access to the University of London Libraries, comprising collectively the libraries at the centre of the University of London. These are the Senate House Library, and the libraries of the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study.

This group of libraries constitute outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences. Their combined holdings amount to almost 3 million volumes, including many thousands of journals, and numerous deep and rich collections of research materials in subjects across the humanities and social sciences. The special collections embrace spectacular treasures like Shakespeare’s First Folio or the Coverdale Bible; renowned collections like the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature; and unusual and unique resources like the Harry Price Magic collection, the political pamphlets of the Institutes of Commonwealth and Latin American Studies, or the 300,000 photographs in the Warburg Institute. Altogether the libraries provide over 12 miles of open shelf access to collections, an important aspect of the resource which few libraries can match. These traditional materials are complemented by a growing range of e-resources.

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Thinking of applying to School of Advanced Study? Our friendly student support team will be happy to help. Contact us by email at [email protected], by telephone at +44 (0)20 7862 8663 / 8662 / 8873.

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